lunes, 13 de mayo de 2013

Nicaragua said may want more of Colombian seas after Hague ruling

Nicaragua's representative before the International Court at The Hague told media on 11 May that his country had a right to claim more of Colombia's seas following a Hague Court ruling in 2012 that advanced Nicaragua's Caribbean frontier at Colombia's expense. The 19 November ruling provoked fury in Colombia and its President declared Colombia would in the future cease to submit to the Court's arbitration over frontiers; it seemed however not to have satisfied Nicaragua. Agencies cited the diplomat Carlos Argüello as saying that the November ruling - which ceded to Nicaragua 70,000 square kilometres of sea territory to delineate the states' disputed frontier - had not denied Nicaragua the right to push out its frontier to 200 miles or further on the offshore continental platform. The daily El Espectador interpreted his comments on 12 May as implying that Nicaragua believed it should hold the entire continental platform, which Argüello said was merely to be measured to establish the correct frontier line. Argüello said President Daniel Ortega would decide in following days whether or not Nicaragua would pursue its claim and when, the daily El Colombiano reported on 13 May. It was not immediately clear if Argüello was speaking in the Netherlands or Nicaragua. He stressed this was not a new claim but a logical interpretation of international laws and the 19 November ruling, Spain's EFE agency and ABC reported. Colombia had yet to formally accept or implement the court's instructions any case. A Colombian legislator said on 12 May that the only thing President Ortega should earn was that Colombia formalise its refusal to implement the ruling. Senator Alexandra Morena Piraquive of the small MIRA party and a member of a parliamentary committee that advises the President on foreign affairs, said Nicaragua was "daring" and "disrespectful" of international law, for not giving Colombia time to have the 19 November ruling reviewed. She said Colombia should "take a political posture" and "confirm" it would ignore the ruling, Caracol radio reported.

Colombian army captures FARC guerrillas, commander killed

Colombian authorities reported they had arrested 10 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and killed two including a deputy-head of its Front 21, in operations in the department of Tolima west of Bogotá and elsewhere. The Minister of Defence Juan Carlos Pinzón announced on 11 May that the army shot dead in Tolima the guerrilla dubbed Salcedo, a FARC veteran of 30 years and described as second-in-command of Front 21 of the FARC. Pinzón said in the city of Ibagué that Salcedo was working to reorganize Front 50 of the FARC in northern Tolima when killed, and was associated with acts of extortion in Tolima among other activities, the broadcaster Caracol reported. Pinzón was touring several districts of northern Tolima on 11 May, receiving reports of security threats to localities from the FARC or criminal gangs; he set out that day measures the state would take to boost security in various districts of Tolima, the Defence Ministry reported. The army additionally detained eight FARC fighters in several districts of Tolima and in the district of Colombia in Huila, the department south of Tolima, Caracol radio reported on 12 May. Separately in an undated shootout in the northern department of Antioquia, troops shot and injured one FARC fighter and detained two. Shooting began when troops caught a group of guerrillas crossing a bridge in the countryside of the district of Yondó. The army was later examining the zone to see if the FARC had laid out mines, Caracol radio reported on 12 May. One or more unidentified assassins separately shot dead an official of the tax and customs agency DIAN in the district of Neiva in Huila on 9 or 10 May. Celia Escobar Flórez was identified as a senior auditor of the DIAN in Neiva, and recently investigating VAT-return claims there, Caracol radio cited authorities as saying. She was with her 11-year-old son when killed, Caracol reported on 10 May