The elected president of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chavesannounced this Monday that he wishes to appoint an ambassador to Nicaragua and that he aspires to have respectful relations with that neighboring country and all the nations of the world.
“My inclination is to appoint an ambassador in Nicaragua, (because) we have diplomatic relations and we are not at war,” Chaves declared in his first press conference as president-elect, although he commented that before that he will speak with the person he appoints as foreign minister.
Chaves, from the Social Democratic Progress Party (centre right), gave the example of the war between Russia and Ukraine, in which, despite the conflict, these nations “are still talking.”
“We have to maintain diplomatic relations with all our neighbors. Those look-pretty positions are not the way we want to operate. We want to operate according to international law. I don’t like medium inks”, he expressed.
Chaves, who will assume power on May 8, assured that he will maintain the democratic and freedom values that characterize Costa Rican foreign policy.
Diplomatic “little game”
“If diplomatic relations have to be broken for reasons of merit, we break them, but not be in the little game of having diplomatic relations and not having ambassadors,” he declared.
The current government of President Carlos Alvarado did not send an ambassador to Nicaragua and in various international forums he has denounced human rights violations in that country and has advocated a return to democracy.
Costa Rica has strongly criticized the Nicaraguan government for imprisoning activists, journalists and presidential hopefuls and has said that the November elections in which Daniel Ortega was re-elected they were not clean or transparent.
Nicaragua has been going through a political and social crisis since April 2018, which has been accentuated after the controversial general elections on November 7, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, fourth consecutive and second along with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with her main contenders in prison.
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