Controversy over interoceanic canal in Nicaragua
The construction of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua by a Chinese company has Colombians wondering whether or not it brings the legality of a recent ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Hague into question. First to bring it up was Colombia’s former Foreign Relations Minister, Noemí Sanín, who questioned the ruling and China’s supposed vested interests in the Central American nation.
While Colombia has yet to issue an official statement on the issue, the fact that Sanín’s comments could jeopardize Colombia’s diplomatic relations with China is now also a major concern. Some analysts feel that Ms. Sanín’s comments show blatant disregard for international law and are perhaps an attempt to divert attention from those who actually dropped the ball in the maritime dispute with Nicaragua that ended in a territorial loss for Colombia.