Nicaragua dispatched its military and police to help close its southern border as a dispute with Costa Rica over Cuban migrants fueled tensions between the Central American nations.
Costa Rica’s decision on Saturday to grant seven-day transit visas to 1,100 Cuban migrants who entered the country through Panama “violated national sovereignty,” Nicaragua’s government said in a statement over the weekend. Nicaraguan troops and riot police launched tear gas at people attempting to enter on Sunday.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis will meet with legislators and cabinet members today to discuss the influx of Cuban migrants crossing the country en route to the U.S. through Central America. The Foreign Ministry said it will “seek solutions” for the migrants and that the government is “guaranteeing their humanitarian conditions” at the border with Nicaragua.