After five years of diplomatic conflict, Nicaragua has paid Costa Rica US$378,890 for environmental damages its occupation of Isla Calero as it is known in Costa Rica, in 2010.
Protesters claim the disputed Harbour Head lagoon and San Juan river belong to Nicaragua. April 5, 2011. | Photo: EFE
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague ruled on December 16, 2015, that Nicaragua should pay Costa Rica for the environmental damages, related to the military occupation of the small island, located in a disputed border area between the two countries.
On February 2 of this year, the ICJ ordered Nicaragua to pay up for the environmental damage and other costs incurred by Costa Rica, the amount a lot less than the US$6.7 million Costa Rica had demanded.