World court: Disputed islands belong to Colombia

Nicaragua's foreign minister Samuel Santos greets members of Colombia's delegation as Colombia's agent Julio London Paredes, center, and former foreign affairs minister Guillermo Fernandez de Soto, right, wait for the court to deliver its ruling in the case of Nicaragua versus Colombia over ownership of a string of islands and cays off Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The International Court of Justice says a group of tiny islands in the western Caribbean belong to Colombia, rejecting Nicaragua's claim in a long-running territorial dispute between the two Latin American nations. Nicaragua first went to the world court, the United Nations' highest judicial organ, in 2001 arguing that Colombia had no legal claim to the islands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)The International Court of Justice ruled Monday that a group of tiny islands in the western Caribbean belongs to Colombia, but also granted Nicaragua control of a large swath of the surrounding sea and seabed that could hold oil reserves.

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