Colombia Rejects Appeal to Revise ICJ Ruling

Posted on Jan 7 2014 - 8:20pm by Rico

The leader of the Colombian government team of jurists in the maritime dispute with Nicaragua, Carlos Arrieta, said today that the appeal to revise the ruling issued by the International Court of Justice in The Hague was rejected because it lacks foundation.

The ICJ made very clear from the start that the revision of the case would only be possible if any new element unknown for the Court was presented before Nov. 19, when it issued its ruling.

The ICJ ruling extended Nicaragua’s Caribbean borders 200 miles and certified Colombia’s sovereignty over the San Andres archipelago and adjacent cays.

In remarks to local Blu Radio station, Arrieta said a thorough study found that the eventual revision appeal, whose deadline for admission expired on December 13, was not started.

The construction of the inter-oceanic canal designed by Nicaragua is not “a new fact” that would affect the demarcation made by the Court, he said.

Colombia has not given up or lost any chance, and there may be controversy in this regard, but the construction of the canal by Nicaragua is not an element affecting the demarcation made by the Court, said Arrieta. “The Government “and the defense are not improvising.”

A French lawyer and later another seven international experts were hired to discuss the scope of this decision, and they reached the conclusion that “the conditions established under the Court’s Statute were not in place and the revision appeal could jeopardize other proceedings,” explained Arrieta.

“The country can stay calm, he said, and insisted on the need for this process to be opened to the entire country so that “no story, excuse or legend” that may end up hindering its course breaks out.