One section of the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a river. The Nicaraguan government has recently done some dredging to change the channel. This has diverted the channel towards Costa Rica, and has created more land on the Nicaraguan side of the river.
Costa Rica has filed a claim in an international court, arguing that the border should stay fixed where it was, and not move as the river is diverted. Furthermore, the diversion of the river has caused damage to the environment and wildlife. Nicaragua has sent in troops to the area. This is causing Costa Rica to consider whether it should change its policy of the last 60 years of not having an army. This is very sad. Hopefully the international court will decide this matter peacefully and Nicaragua will respect international law.
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