Costa Rica Signs Maritime Boundary Treaty with Ecuador


On Sunday, the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Enrique Castillo Barrantes arrived to participate in the Ceremony to Sign the Agreement on Maritime Delimitation between his country and Ecuador on Monday, April 21, 2014. The arrival of the diplomat was held at the VIP Room at the Mariscal Sucre Airport where he was received by the Vice Foreign Minister, Leonardo Arízaga. Upon his arrival in the country, the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica said that the part of the purpose of his visit is to sign the Maritime Boundary Treaty between Ecuador and Costa Rica product of years of negotiation. 

Since 1978, the governments of these countries are working to reach an agreement that allows the definition of the adjacent spaces from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and Cocos Island in Costa Rica, and establish maritime boundaries between the two.

The March 12, 1985, in Quito, the agreement Delimitation of Marine and Submarine Areas which was approved by Congress in 1995 was signed, but Costa Rica was unable to complete the process of legislative approval, because some of the terms contained in Convention were not consistent with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS.

[. . .] During the meeting Binational Ecuador-Costa Rica, on March 1, 2013 in the city of San José de Costa Rica, the Ministers agreed that the Binational Technical Commission moves to the Galapagos and Cocos for fieldwork aimed to the realization of maritime delimitation. The Ministers, Ricardo Patiño (Ecuador), and Enrique Castillo (Costa Rica) agreed to make every effort to finalize the signing of the agreement in the first quarter of 2014. After two binational technical meetings held in March this year, agreements concerning basis point established in the Darwin Island were achieved and the geodetic model for defining the maritime boundary Costa Rica-Ecuador have said.

On April 11 concluded negotiations and technical work to allow the next April 21, 2014 the foreign ministers of Ecuador and Costa Rica sign in Quito, the Maritime Delimitation Agreement between the two States.

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