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Monday, December 13, 2010

ICJ ruled in favor of Colombia in island sovereignty dispute

On December 13, 2007, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) upheld a 1928 treaty between Nicaragua and Colombia that granted several small islands off the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua to Colombia. Nicaragua had brought suit in 2001 claiming sovereignty over the islands of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, arguing that the treaty was invalid because it was signed while Nicaragua was under US occupation. Nicaragua's Sandinista government rescinded the treaty in the 1980s.

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