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Newsline: EU ambassador left Nicaragua

European Union Ambassador Bettina Muscheidt left Nicaragua on Saturday, just three days after being declared “persona non grata” by the government of President Daniel Ortega. Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada verbally notified Muscheidt that she should leave the country after the EU delegation demanded freedom for “political prisoners” at the United Nations General Assembly last week. Ortega’s government also announced on Friday that it was suspending diplomatic ties with the Netherlands. “The Netherlands regrets the disproportionate decision by Nicaragua to break off diplomatic relations,” Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said via Twitter on Saturday. “We will discuss our next steps with the EU,” he added. (https://whtc.com/2022/10/01/eu-ambassador-leaves-nicaragua-in-week-of-diplomatic-tensions/) Nicaragua’s Vice President Rosario Murillo also announced this week that the Central American country would not accept the new U.S.-appointed ambassador Hugo Rodriguez as its representative in Managua. In March, Ortega’s government expelled the Vatican’s ambassador to Managua, Waldemar Sommertag.

Newsline: United States Condemns Nicaragua’s Threats Against U.S. Ambassador

In the context of the terrible arson attack against an historic shrine at the Managua Cathedral last Friday, the U.S. government is especially concerned about a death threat made against U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Kevin Sullivan on Facebook earlier this week by individuals associated with Nicaragua’s ruling party. (https://usoas.usmission.gov/united-states-condemns-nicaraguas-threats-against-the-church-and-u-s-ambassador/) Kevin is a friend of many present today – stemming from his tenure serving as Interim and Deputy Permanent Representative in the U.S. Mission to the OAS. Anyone who knows Kevin can attest to his commitment to respect, inclusive dialogue, and democratic values. The U.S. government finds it outrageous that the Government of Nicaragua has failed to condemn or even disavow this public threat against a senior diplomatic representative by one of its militants.

Newsline: Brazil recalls ambassador in Nicaragua after death of Brazilian

Brazil condemned the violence against anti-government protesters in Nicaragua and recalled its ambassador in Managua after the death of a Brazilian student. Raynéia Gabrielle Lima, a medical student at the American University in Managua, was killed by gunshots in unclear circumstances on Monday, a Brazilian foreign ministry statement said. “The Nicaraguan ambassador was called in to give an explanation and our ambassador has been recalled from Managua,” a ministry spokesperson said.


Newsline: U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua reports gunfire near her house

The U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua said she’s heard gunfire at her Managua home amid violence throughout the country in recent days. Sunday, the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights reported at least 14 people were killed in the cities of Diriamba, Jinotepe and Dolores in attacks carried out by pro-government paramilitaries against anti-government groups. Other reports have the weekend death toll up to 20.


Newsline: USA Shuts Down its Nicaragua Embassy

As Nicaragua slips deeper into violent chaos with the Ortega-Murillo government clinging to power amid massive protests, the US Embassy in Managua just closed its doors today, June 1st. An embassy statement said that the continuous unrest in all Nicaragua, including interruptions in traffic, has impacted the operations of the US Embassy, which will remain closed as of June 1, 2018 until further notice. Some limited consular services will still be attended to by phone, said the embassy. “The scheduled appointments for visa applications will be reprogrammed as soon as possible.” The statement advises US government personnel in Nicaragua to remain in their homes and avoid unnecessary travel in the capital, avoiding the main downtown roundabouts and areas around the universities.


Newsline: U.S. curbs embassy services, staff in Nicaragua

The U.S. State department authorized the departure of U.S. government employees and curbed consular services. A State Department official said the embassy in Managua would shutter many of its operations until further notice but that it would continue to provide services to U.S. citizens and visa applicants. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the capital of Nicaragua on Monday to demand the resignation of the country’s president after a violent crackdown by police on protests that have left at least nine dead. Demonstrators waved blue and white Nicaraguan flags and chanted “President, get out!” as they rallied in several points around the capital of Managua. But the government kept police back from the demonstrations after the violence of recent days.


Newsline: Colombia recalls ambassador to Nicaragua over maritime dispute

Colombia has recalled its ambassador to Nicaragua for consultations over an ongoing territorial dispute that a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in favor of the Central American country has failed to resolve, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said Wednesday. “We have decided to call our ambassador, Luz Stella Jara, who should be arriving tomorrow, so she can report on why it is impossible to have a dialogue with Nicaragua,” Holguin told a press conference. The ICJ affirmed last year that a series of islands strategic for fishing, the San Andres archipelago, belong to Colombia, but at the same time extended Nicaragua’s jurisdiction in the Caribbean waters, angering the South American country. Colombia has refused to abide by the decision, saying its borders must be set by treaties and not by court verdicts, leading Nicaragua to present a new lawsuit at the ICJ Tuesday. Nicaragua’s most recent suit demands Colombia respect the initial ICJ ruling, which gives it rights over 75,000 square kilometers of formerly Colombian waters. On Nov. 27, 2012, Colombia withdrew from the American Treaty on Pacific Settlement (Pact of Bogota), under which it recognized the jurisdiction of the international court. However, its withdrawal didn’t go into effect until Wednesday.


Newsline: Nicaraguan Embassy in Russia Receives Snowden’s Asylum Bid

Nicaragua’s embassy in Moscow has received an official asylum request from fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, an embassy spokesperson confirmed to RIA Novosti. A Nicaraguan radio station on July 6 published what it claims is Snowden’s asylum request, although Nicaraguan officials have not publicly confirmed that the document is real. Snowden, who is wanted by the US for leaking details of secret state surveillance programs, has submitted more than 20 requests for asylum. Most have been rejected or countries have told Snowden that he would have to file the application while on their soil. On Friday, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega was reported as saying that, “if circumstances permit,” his country would “receive Snowden with pleasure.” Venezuela and Bolivia have also said that they are willing to grant him asylum. Snowden is thought to have arrived in Russia on a Hong Kong – Moscow flight on June 23. The United States has revoked his passport, and he is now believed to be holed up in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport ever since. Russia was one of the countries to which Snowden initially submitted an asylum application, but he withdrew it after President Vladimir Putin said on July 1 that Snowden would only be able to stay if he “stopped his work aimed at harming our US partners.”


Newsline: Abkhazia opens embassy in Nicaragua

Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia has opened an embassy in Nicaragua. According to Apsnypress, Abkhazia’s ambassador to Venezuela, Zaur Gvajava, will also take on the function as ambassador to Nicaragua. Nicaragua will help Abkhazians in their relations with other countries and will offer support in their attempts at getting recognition for Abkhazia’s independence, Zaur Gvajava said. He notes that a so-called foreign affairs delegation will arrive from 20 to 27 May and sign an agreement about visa-freedom. “The document is already prepared and only signatures are necessary.” Also Georgia’s other breakaway region, South Ossetia, have opened an embassy in Nicaragua, thereby establishing diplomatic relations. Ambassador will be Namir Kozayev, who is also ambassador to Venezuela. Officials in Tbilisi say nothing has changed legally by this. On August 26, after a five-day war in August 2008, Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In total, five countries have recognized the separatist regions. Nicaragua was first to follow Russia on September 5, 2008. The President of Venezuela followed suit in September 2009, and after him, the Pacific island states of Nauru and Vanuatu. The Republic of Vanuatu is located on 83 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Its area is 12 000 square kilometers, and the population was 243 000 in 2009. In the western part of the Pacific is Nauru with a population of 14 000.


Newsline: Nicaraguan chosen to represent Libya at UN

Libya has chosen a veteran Nicaraguan diplomat to represent Moammar Gadhafi’s government at the United Nations, the Nicaraguan government said Wednesday. The Nicaraguan government posted on its official website a Spanish version of a letter from Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking that Miguel D’Escoto Brockman represent the Gadhafi regime’s interests before the world body. D’Escoto was U.N. General Assembly president from 2008-2009 and a former Roman Catholic priest who later served as a foreign minister in Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government. U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said Wednesday that the U.N. had not yet received the letter, but noted that the Nicaraguan mission had scheduled a news conference with D’Escoto at U.N. headquarters on Thursday. A man who answered the phone at the Nicaraguan mission said diplomats were unavailable for comment because they were in a meeting. Libya’s former envoy to the U.N., Ambassador Abdurraman Mohamed Shalgham, disavowed Gadhafi’s government shortly after the February uprising that has now become an armed insurrection against the longtime leader. But he and other former Libyan diplomats who have since cut ties with the Gadhafi regime continue to work sporadically out of the mission. U.N. correspondents continue to receive communiques from the Libyan rebels’ Interim National Council via the mission’s official email account, including two on Wednesday. Gadhafi’s government has asked the United Nations to no longer recognize Shalgham and the other former Libyan diplomats attached to the U.N. mission. Now 78, D’Escoto was born in Los Angeles and holds dual U.S. and Nicaraguan citizenship. Ordained a priest with the Maryknoll congregation, the Vatican suspended D’Escoto and two other priests who were involved in the Sandinista revolution, brothers Ernesto and Fernando Cardenal, in the 1980s for their political activity. The late Pope John Paul II publicly admonished him during a trip to Central America. He became foreign minister in Daniel Ortega’s government after the 1979 triumph of his leftist Sandinista revolution and remained in the post until 1990. A communique on Nicaraguan government website said that D’Escoto had been instructed by President Daniel Ortega to “accept this appointment and represent the people and government of Libya in its struggle to reestablish peace and defend its legitimate right to resolve, without outside meddling, its domestic conflicts.” D’Escoto “will support the Libyan brothers in their diplomatic battle for respect for their sovereignty and self-determination, both of which have been violated,” the statement said.