Drug trafficking, economic pressure and illegal military activities! That’s how the second day of ICJ committee session began, Nicaragua’s accusations being by far tougher than the ones presented yesterday. In other words, Nicaragua’s representatives have actually put fuel on the fire, because aspects like Colombia’s apparent good intentions or the blatant breaking of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Nicaragua were highly disputed from the very beginning.
Moreover, the representatives of Nicaragua have attacked the opponent by bringing up the topic of Colombian notoriety in what concerns drug trafficking and their membership in different international coalitions against it as a mask for Colombia’s hidden intentions.
Furthermore, they’ve tried to make it crystal clear that under no circumstances drug trafficking could represent a valuable excuse for Colombia regarding its military presence in the disputed area, so the example of the “9 tons of marijuana recently captured in the area” has no power of persuasion, they said.
Spicy arguments have been given, arguments which have also kept the attention of the chairpersons, who have often raised their hands in order to make the statement clearer. They have also tried to focus on the legal grounds applicable in the present case, but it was quite difficult and, more than that, it took several breaks for judges to consult each other.
In front of such enthusiastic statement as the Nicaraguan one, it is really hard not to ask ourselves “How will Colombia succeed to defend itself?” For the answer, just stay tuned! We’ll be back with more information in a few hours!