Costa Rica - Nicaragua: The Missed Opportunity

Rulers should be aware that a very large percentage of their people do not satisfy their hunger eating sovereignty but by eating rice and beans.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It seems that the current interest of the elected president of Costa Rica is to maintain the highest possible tension with Nicaragua.

Editorial

Undoubtedly, any gesture of rapprochement with the government of President Ortega will entail political costs for Luis Guillermo Solís, the next president of Costa Rica. But it is clear that this - the beginning of his term - was the best time to make that gesture, promoting a release of tension over the border dispute in the Caribbean area.

But Solis did the opposite. The exclusion of Nicaragua of his tour to personally invite Central Americans leaders to his assumption of the Costa Rican presidency, is an aggressive message that contributes nothing to the solving the problem, which beyond looking at who has the most valid reasons, will only be resolved with political courage and frank dialogue.

It seems clear that despite the ever-sounding declarations of those in power, Central American integration is a reality that is unlikely to actually occur at the enterprise level, as demonstrated by the intense intra regional trade.

Perhaps it is time that business associations from both countries meet and, if feasible, develop a plan for the development of the disputed area and the entire common border. It would be the best way to corner the officials puffing up their chests talking about integration, forcing them to act in a manner which is consistent with the interests of their people, of which large a percentage are not able to satisfy their hunger with sovereignty but instead by eating just rice and beans.



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