Google’s error likely to escalate regional dispute

Google’s error likely to escalate regional dispute


Nicaragua: Google Maps wrongly showed a tiny parcel of land (San Juan River border) of Nicaragua in Costa Rica. This is now turning into a continent-wide dispute. Nicaragua threatened that it will take the issue to the international court of justice.

The Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega, said the country will not remove its 50 soldiers from the Calero Island section of land, and accused the Organisation of American States (OAS) of making matters worse with Friday’s diplomatic intervention, in which it requested the two neighbours to meet before November 27, 2010, and called on them to refrain from deploying armed forces in the area. A majority of the 35 member countries voted in favour of the resolution, which Costa Rica hailed as a “diplomatic victory”.

Meanwhile, Google said that it had used faulty data from the US State Department to create the initial online map, which has now been updated.

But Nicaragua refused the OAS request. Ortega said the OAS had “completely killed” any possibility of the dispute being resolved through dialogue – and went on to accuse a number of neighbouring countries of being influenced by the drugs trade.