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Costa Rica’s Opposition Rejects Entry Of US Naval Forces

Inside Costa Rica | July 3, 2010

As is customary, the US asks for authorization of Costa Rica’s legislature before entry of any US warship and soldiers in Costa Rican waters. And as customary, the Costa Rica legislature grants its permission, as was the case on Friday.

The permission allows the entry of 46 US war ships and 7.000 Marines for the balance of the year (July 1 to December 31, 2010).


The permission granted by the Costa Rica legislature could include docking of the USS Freedom (pictured above) on Costa Rica’s shores. Opposition parties say the decade old agreement was to allow entry of US coast guard vessels and not war ships.

Costa Rica’s opposition, however, see it different, describing the permission as illegal and in violation of national sovereignty.

The main opponents to the granting of the authority is the Partido Acción Cuidadana (PAC), the Frente Amplio (FA) and the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC), arguing that the destructive force of the ships and manpower, that includes helicopters, is disproportianate to the threat caused by drug traffickers.

The 46 ships carry some 200 helicopters and war planes and includes the USS Freedom, combat submarines and a hospital ship.

Luis Fishman, head of the PUSC party and presidential candidate in the past elections, said the legislative approval was like handing over a “blank cheque”.

“We cannot support the illegal, we cannot allow our Constitution to be trampled”, said Fishman.

The PAC and the FA recalled that the bilateral agreement signed 10 years ago allowed the entry of coast guard vessels, but not war ships that have the capacity for military confrontations and war.

FA legislator José María Villalta questioned the conditions under which the permission was granted, since US personnel “will enjoy freedom of movement and the right to carry out the activities needed to fulfill their mission”.

The FA also urged consideration of the geopolitical situation in which naval forces will be allowed to enter a region considered by Washington as part of its sphere of influence.

The legislator recalled that the US applies in the region a “strategy of complete dominance”, which includes offensive actions such as the coup d’etat in Honduras and the installation of military bases in Colombia.

Opposition Deputies said they may take action, that could include an appeal with the Constitutional Court, against the decision of the Legislative Assembly since the permission for the ships, airships, helicopters and marines to enter the country violates the agreement reached a decade ago.

July 8, 2010 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Militarism

9 Comments »

  1. Enough of the Costa Ricans will be bribed or murdered . . . SOP.

    Comment by identalias | July 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. [...] “We cannot support the illegal, we cannot allow our Constitution to be trampled”, said Fishman. Read more… [...]

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  3. The US Coast Guard is a branch of the US armed forces, just like the US Air Force, the US Army, the US Navy and the US Marine Corps.

    If the agreement of 10 years ago only allowed the US Coast Guard, it should be self-evident that the US Navy and US Marine Corps are not included – as may have been assumed.

    If these ships will leave, is anybody’s guess.

    Comment by Jacob | July 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. When it comes to US policy, where a hand may be offered, they take the entire torso, Costa Ricans understand this well and so does the second largest population within its borders, the chinese. Globalization has been implemented and the results from dealings with the US gov are but to be forgotten since we are burden by over taxed imports and the overwhelming ¨conforts¨ from a society that seems to be chasing dreams long sold by high interes banks and exploited by supersized corporations.

    Comment by carl garcia | July 8, 2010 | Reply

  5. Compliments to the Costa Rican opposition for its forthright stand on this issue. Sadly, when presented with a similar proposition, the current leadership in Panama attempted to allow new US bases in secrecy, and only acknowledged it when admitted by the Minister of Government.
    Opposition came mostly from the media and academia.

    Comment by Robert J Molineaux Belter | July 8, 2010 | Reply

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  7. [...] Posted by Gabriel Silva em 13 Julho, 2010 EUA invadem Costa Rica (com «autorização»…) com 46 navios e 7 mil marines. [...]

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  8. It’s quite evident the Turkish “aid vessel” – meaning the flotilla activists – had an action deliberately and methodically planned.
    Israel don’t need to prepare ruses for the turcks.
    Nuno

    Comment by Nuno | July 13, 2010 | Reply

    • In what hemisphere is Nuno?

      Comment by Jacob | July 14, 2010 | Reply


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