Panama and Costa Rica urge "multilateralism" and end of violence in Nicaragua

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  • Fri, 06/22/2018 - 13:59
Las vicepresidentas y cancilleres de Panamá y Costa Rica, Isabel de Saint Malo y Epsy Campbell
  • Las vicepresidentas y cancilleres de Panamá y Costa Rica, Isabel de Saint Malo y Epsy Campbell - EFE

Panama and Costa Rica today urged "multilateralism" and "dialogue" as the only way out of the sociopolitical crisis that has plagued Nicaragua for two months and called for the "immediate" end of violence, which has already killed 200 people in that country.

The vice presidents and chancellors of Panama and Costa Rica, Isabel de Saint Malo and Epsy Campbell, respectively, held a meeting on Thursday in the Panamanian capital and addressed the "concern" that
the Nicaraguan conflict generates in the region.

"There is a lot of concern for Nicaragua. We do not see that violence is really ending, which is the most important thing, to safeguard life and human beings,. We rely on dialogue," De Saint Malo said.

Campbell, meanwhile, said that Costa Rica "has an inter-institutional strategy" to address the crisis not only from the migration point of view, but also to counteract the "economic impacts" that this causes in the region, where each month “more than 5,000 cargo trucks” travel.

The Costa Rican vice president recalled that the country has offered "courtesy diplomatic visas" for relatives of diplomats in Nicaragua and that "one of these families has already begun the formalities"

"The approach is a democratic solution to seek bridges so that there is no more bloodshed, call for compliance with the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), guarantee  ceasefire and, of course, use multilateralism as the way to contribute to the situation in Nicaragua," she said.

"It is the only way and it is our responsibility," said Campbell, who is undertaking her first official trip abroad since the Costa Rican government of President Carlos Alvarado began on May 8.

Nicaragua is plunged into its bloodiest crisis since 1980, when President,Daniel Ortega was also in office, and has been suffering daily for two months, anti-government protests that are brutally repressed by the police and paramilitary groups.

The demonstrations, which have left more than 200 victims, began with failed social security reforms and became a demand for Ortega’s ouster. Ortega has been in office for eleven years.

The outgoing president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, asked on Wednesday the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and the Permanent Council of that organization to
intervene in the crisis "to refrain that conflict to continue growing and causing victims".

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold an extraordinary session this Friday to address the conflict in this Central American country, since it has killed at least 200 people.

In that session, the IACHR will present a report on its visit last May to Nicaragua and the findings and recommendations on the current crisis.

In its preliminary report, presented last May 21, in Managua, the IACHR stated that during its four-day field visit it found evidence of "serious human rights violations" with "at least 76 people dead" at that time.


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