The Daniel Ortega regime recalled a 1986 ruling by the International Tribunal in The Hague. And he affirms that they are more than US$ 12,000 million.
Nicaragua announced that he delivered a letter to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in which he recalls that the United States owes “a historic debt” to the Central American country, for its role in the fight against the government that emerged from the Sandinista revolution of the years 70 and claimed compensation.
Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada delivered the text to Guterres in the UN framework. According to Moncada, in 1988 Washington’s indemnity amount exceeded $12 billion.
Later and during an act in Managua, Sandinista President Daniel Ortega insisted on the claim for compensation. “We have a duty, an obligation to continue demanding that the sentence be fulfilled at least,” argued the president, accused by the UN and governments and organizations around the world for human rights violations and persecution of opponents.
“When we talked about going to the Court to sue the United States, even sister nations, friendly nations told us: that is a hopeless case, they are not going to be able to even advance there in the Court,” recalled Ortega, who governed for the first time in the 1980s and returned to government in 2007, after which he has been re-elected in three consecutive elections contested by the opposition.
The decision of the Court of The Hague
The International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled on June 27, 1986 that The United States had to indemnify Nicaragua for damages caused by “military and paramilitary activities” that he undertook in that decade to destabilize the then Sandinista government.
Moncada added that “the United States must comply with the sentence, with the legal obligation to compensate Nicaragua for the damages caused” in the 1980s.
“It is a sentence that is in force, that Nicaragua has not renounced at any time that the United States compensate what the International Court of Justice ordered,” added the foreign minister.
According to Managua, Washington supported the rebels to fight the Sandinista government that took power in July 1979 after the overthrow of dictator Anastasio Somoza.
Nicaragua claims the Americans destroyed the country’s seorts, prompting the lawsuit in The Hague.
“The United States has the legal obligation under this sentence to indemnify, pay for the damages they committed against the peoples, the State and the government of Nicaragua,” Moncada told the Chinese news agency Xinhua in an interview at the UN headquarters.
“The sentence is still in force,” he said. “It is binding, and obligatory, and must be complied with,” remarked the head of Nicaraguan diplomacy.
The 1986 ruling found that the United States had violated obligations under international law not to intervene in the affairs of another state, not to use force against another state, not to infringe on another state’s sovereignty, and not to disrupt peaceful maritime commerce.
Back then, the United States refused to participate in the process, vetoed the UN Security Council resolution and voted against the General Assembly resolution calling for full and immediate compliance with the sentence.
Washington pursues a “rules-based international order, which is a double standard continuously practiced by Washington to manipulate (other countries) according to its interests,” Moncada said.
The United States is one of the countries that has most forcefully condemned the repression of the Daniel Ortega regime, which jailed dozens of politicians and journalists critical of the government. And he also launched a crusade against the representatives of the Catholic Church who have questioned the Executive.
Source: AFP and Xinhua