By Dialogo December 27, 2012 So far this year, the Nicaraguan Army seized 7 tons of drugs from drug cartels that crossed the Caribbean Sea, where the Naval Force will reinforce its presence to protect the spaces that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) granted the Central American country after the dispute with Colombia, a military source informed. “This year over 7 tons of drugs have been seized” by the Army only, as part of the so-called “contention strategy against drug traffickers,” Chief General Julio Avilés of the Army confirmed after receiving a donation from Taiwan in a ceremony in Managua. Avilés said that this strategy allowed the institution to confiscate 131 tons of drugs between 2000 and 2012. This initiative seeks to “prevent the drugs coming from the south to north to enter” Nicaragua, and “we will continue stepping up these spaces restored by the ICJ’s ruling,” stated Avilés. On November 19, the ICJ passed a ruling stating that all the isles of the Archipelago of San Andrés belong to Colombia, and establishing new boundaries, extending Nicaraguan sovereignty over the Caribbean. On November 29, Nicaragua announced that the counter drug operations to be carried out in the Caribbean by the Army along with the United States in 2013, will also extend to the maritime areas assigned by the Court of The Hague. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega invited Colombia to participate in counterdrug operations that the Nicaraguan and U.S. Forces will perform in the area. Drug trafficking “is a battle that we should fight together, in this case with the U.S. and Colombia, as well as with the countries that are willing and available to join,” said Ortega on December 5.
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