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Colombia gets islands, Nicaragua gets sea

Nov. 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The International Court of Justice sided with Colombia over Nicaragua in their feud over a string of tiny Caribbean islands.

The court, the United Nations' principal judicial body, said Monday Colombia has sovereignty over the islands of Alburquerque, Bajo Nuevo, East-Southeast Cays, Quitasueno, Roncador, Serrana and Serranilla, small islands off the Nicaraguan coast the court noted "remain above water at high tide" and are thus considered territory.

The ruling upheld Nicaragua's claim to a large part of the sea, between the islands and the Latin American mainland, which includes the water for fishing and potential mineral exploration.

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