Ortega: "We have not renounced the compensation that the US owes us"

Ortega: “We have not renounced the compensation that the US owes us”

Nicaragua announced that it delivered a letter to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in which Nicaragua recalls that the United States owes “a historic debt” to the Central American country.

The Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, Denis Moncada, delivered a letter to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in which Nicaragua recalls that the United States has “a historic debt.” According to Moncada, in 1988 the amount of compensation from Washington exceeded 12,000 million dollars.

Later, and during an act in Managua, Sandinista President Daniel Ortega insisted on the claim for compensation because “we have a duty, an obligation to continue demanding that at least the sentence be complied with.”

“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 will not even be able to 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.

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The International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled on June 27, 1986 that the United States had to compensate Nicaragua for the damages caused by the “military and paramilitary activities” that it 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 seaports, prompting the lawsuit in The Hague.

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