The Nicaraguan ship has been instructed to perform research in Quitasueño Quay. (Map: Stock File)
Nicaraguan ship performing 'fishing research' intercepted
Friday, October 12, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
On Wednesday Colombian National Navy intercepted a Nicaraguan-flagged vessel in national waters, which was ordered to leave the Colombian maritime territory.
The ship, Mede-Pesca-III, was detected at 13 nautical miles east of the 82nd meridian.
The ship's captain refused to leave the area, alleging that "on instructions from the Government of that country, he would undertake fisheries research in the Colombian quay Quitasueño and then at 30 miles northeast of it," explains a statement released by the National Navy.
According to the Navy, the Mede-Pesca-III "has refused to heed the call, arguing that clear instructions from the Government of Nicaragua have been received so as to continue with their aim and follow its course."
It is expected that Colombian naval units "will act according to what is enshrined in the law as to maritime affairs to defend the national sovereignty," continues the official note.
The situation was already informed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, who are taking appropriate diplomatic actions.
Both nations maintain a dispute in the International Court of Justice in The Hague for the possession of six quays surrounding the Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providencia.
This international court has already determined that the possession of San Andres and Providencia belongs to Colombia and is awaiting a ruling on the ownership of the islands, El País reported.
Nicaragua also seeks that 50,000 square kilometres of Caribbean waters are recognised as their own.
By Analia Murias