Colombia: World Court no longer decides borders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's president says the South American nation will no longer recognize World Court jurisdiction on territorial disputes.
President Juan Manuel Santos' announcement Wednesday follows the court's decision affirming Colombian sovereignty over a Caribbean archipelago off Nicaragua, but saying some waters around the islands belong to the Central American nation.
The waters that the court granted Nicaragua are valued for potential oil deposits beneath them.
Santos did not say that Colombia would not recognize the World Court's Nov. 19 decision on the San Andres and Providencia archipelago. But he said it will not recognize the court's future jurisdiction in such matters.
Colombia submitted itself to the court's jurisdiction under the 1948 Pact of Bogota. A number of countries in the Americas, including the United States, are not signatories.
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