(posted Feb. 20, 2:35 p.m.)- The ongoing border tiff between Nicaragua and Costa Rica continues to hamper Central American integration efforts as Sandinista President Daniel Ortega pulled a no-show at today’s Central American presidential summit in San José.
The summit, which was also skipped by Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, is part of the Central American Integration System’s (SICA) efforts to strengthen trade and security in the region.
Hosted by Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, this SICA summit is being attended by the presidents of Panama, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. El Salvador is represented by its Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez and Nicaragua by Trade Minister Orlando Solórzano.
In Nicaragua, the Sandinista government has not given any official reason for Ortega’s absence. Ortega, who likes to talk about the importance of Central American integration and unity, also skipped all the SICA summits the last time Costa Rica help the pro tempore presidency of the regional body.
The cold shoulder is mutual. When President Ortega was president pro tempore of SICA, Chinchilla skipped all the presidential summits held in Managua. So nah-nah-nah-boo-boo.