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Border and Transborder Armed Actions (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica)

Overview of the case

On 28 July 1986, Nicaragua instituted proceedings against Costa Rica and Honduras, respectively, alleging various violations of international law for which the two States bore legal responsibility, particularly on account of certain military activities directed against the Nicaraguan authorities by the contras operating from their territory.

In this case, Nicaragua proceeded to file its Memorial on the merits on 10 August 1987. Subsequently, by a communication dated 12 August 1987, Nicaragua, referring to an agreement signed on 7 August 1987 at Guatemala City by the Presidents of the five States of Central America (the “Esquipulas II” Agreement), declared that it was discontinuing the judicial proceedings instituted against Costa Rica. Costa Rica did not object to the discontinuance, and the case was removed from the General List by an Order of the President dated 19 August 1987.


This overview is provided for information only and in no way involves the responsibility of the Court.

Institution of proceedings

Written proceedings

Memorial of Nicaragua

10 August 1987
Available in:
English

Orders

Order of 21 October 1986

Fixing of time-limits: Memorial and Counter-Memorial
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Order of 21 July 1987

Extension of time-limits: Memorial and Counter-Memorial
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English French Bilingual

Order of 19 August 1987

Removal from list
Procedure(s): Discontinuance
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Press releases

Press release 1986/12

3 September 1986
Border and Transborder Armed Actions (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) - Costa Rica appoints an Agent
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English French

Press release 1986/13

24 October 1986
Border and Transborder Armed Actions (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) - Fixing of the time-limits for the filing of the initial written pleadings
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English French

Press release 1987/18

22 July 1987
Border and Transborder Armed Actions (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) - Extension of time-limits for the filing of written pleadings
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English French

Press release 1987/19

12 August 1987
Border and Transborder Armed Actions (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) - Request for discontinuance
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English French

Press release 1987/21

19 August 1987
Border and Transborder Armed Actions (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica) - Removal of the case from the Court's list
Available in:
English French

Correspondence

Correspondence

28 July 1986
Correspondence
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English French

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