The Hague, Netherlands ( Associated Press) – The United Nations Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Colombia violated Nicaraguan fishing rights in the Caribbean and banned fishing licenses for Colombia and other boats.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled in favor of Nicaragua in a long-running legal battle, although the dispute between the two Latin American countries has not been resolved.
Nicaragua claims in 2013 that Colombia violated the sovereignty of the western Caribbean, a region that has long claimed the territorial waters of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to dozens of species.
In a 9-6 vote, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said Colombia “must immediately cease its action” during a public hearing by ICJ President Jean E. Dongwe.
The judges voted 10-5.
A.D. In 2012, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) granted Nicaragua the right to fish in most of the western Caribbean, but the Colombian navy continued to protect the sea, which was used by smugglers to smuggle drugs into Central America.
At last year’s hearing, Nicaragua argued that the Colombian navy was violating its fishing rights by controlling the area designated by the court as “Special Economic Zone”.
The country also said the Colombian navy had banned Nicaraguan fishing vessels from operating in the area while providing protection for Colombian-licensed vessels.
Colombia has denied the allegations and said that its navy had taken control of the Colombian Maritime Reserve in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which was part of the 2012 Nicaraguan Economic Zone.
In Colombia’s victory, the Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that Nicaragua’s decision to use water after a 2012 trial was “unconstitutional”.
Court decisions are final and legal.