Probe Alert Summer 1989

Canadian-financed dam uproots 25,000 without fair compensation

Canada not secretive

(April 17, 1989) In reference to Paul Knox’s March 9 column on Canada and the World Bank, I would like to correct the mistaken notion that the Canadian government is being secretive in its relations with the bank.

Great Britain v. Costa Rica

(October 18, 1988) Held: (a) In respect of the Banking Transactions: That the Costa Rican Law of Nullities, which in effect relieved Costa Rica of any obligations in respect of these transactions, did not constitute an international wrong. The transactions in question, which in themselves did not constitute transactions of an ordinary nature and which were ” full of irregularities,” were made at a time when the popularity of the Tinoco Government had disappeared, and when the political and military movement aiming at the overthrow of that Government was gaining strength.