Nicaragua crossed in to Costa Rican territory claiming it as part of their country and cited Google Maps as the arbitrator of their borders, despite the San Juan River being the recognized border, the Washington Post reported.
Costa Rica contacted the Organization of American States to urge Nicaragua to withdraw security forces from a border zone to ease tensions over a two-century-old territorial dispute.
“Daniel Helft, director of public policies for Google Latin America, acknowledged last week that the company has found “an inaccuracy in the shaping of the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and is working to update the information as quickly as possible,” the Washington Post stated.
The two countries have been disputing the extent of their territories and Nicaragua has started dredging the river and has at least 50 troops in Costa Rica, the newspaper noted.
Nicaragua is asking Google not to change their map until the dispute is resolved.