Costa Rica and Nicaragua: discussion over Parlacen

The negotiations for the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union are the stage for mutual accusations.

Friday, February 27, 2009

The persistent refusal by Costa Rica to integrate the Central American Parliament and the Central American Court of Justice is at the center of the obstruction allegations in the negotiations of the Regional Agreements with the European Union, which should be finished by May of this year.

According to Ana Fernadez's article in, Manuel Coronel, the Nicaraguan Deputy Foreign Minister, said that "the refusal by Costa Rica, reiterated this week by Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno, to integrate regional institutions such as PARLACEN (the regional parliament) or the Central American Court of Justice has thrown a 'bucket of cold water' on the aspirations of completing the negotiations with Europe."

On his behalf, Roberto Echandi, chief negotiator for Costa Rica said, "Those are not the subjects of the negotiation. I do not see how Costa Rica can throw a 'bucket of cold water' on something that the EU itself is not requesting."

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