Chancellors Agreement Does Not Lift Blockade in Paso Canoas

An agreement signed between the foreign ministries of Costa Rica and Panama was not enough for the Costa Rican truckers to lift the blockade in Paso Canoas, which has gone on for five days.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Juan Carlos Segura, a spokesman for the carriers, said that the 300 trucks at the border will remain in place because the compromise agreed by the ministers is a joke and does not address the abuses of the State Border Service of Panama (SENAFRONT).

"We can not allow Panamanian authorities to confiscate car keys, or make us to return to Paso Canoas or force us to pay traffic fines before the statutory 30 day period," he said.

According to the Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo, the conflict with Panama has been resolved and all that is left is to wait for the truckers to pay their fines.

"We hope that today the Panamanian authorities will take measures to expedite the process for carriers," said Fernando Ocampo, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade.

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