Nicaragua irks Mexico, Costa Rica with drug talk

November 15, 2010 01:53


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MEXICO CITY— Recriminations from a border dispute between Nicaragua and Costa Rica rippled throughout the region Sunday as Mexico and Costa Rica hotly denied Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's suggestion that drug-trafficking interests were behind a regional vote on the issue that didn't go his way.

The Mexican Foreign Relations Department said in a statement that it sent a diplomatic letter of protest to Nicaragua over what it calls "unfounded and unjustified accusations."

Its counterpart in Costa Rica accused Ortega of "recklessly (launching) accusations about drug trafficking against various Latin American nations in his desire to distract his people from the overwhelming defeat suffered" in the Organization of American States.

In a statement, Costa Rica's Foreign Relations Department urged Nicaraguan authorities "to use common sense and avoid actions that could aggravate the situation."

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