Costa Rica. According to
Countryaah-ABCDE, security Minister Fernando Berrocal was
forced to resign on March 30 after claiming that the
Colombian left-wing guerrilla FARC (Fuerzas Armadas
Revolucionarias de Colombia) since 2000 has formed intimate
ties with certain political sectors in Costa Rica. The
allegation caused a great stir among Costa Rica's political
parties, and Berrocal's departure came just the day before
he would have appeared in Congress to answer questions on
the matter. Berrocal's departure was considered to have
greater domestic political importance than foreign policy.
Among other things, the government needed support from the
important opposition party Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) to
get through a number of laws in Congress that are required
for the CAFTA-DR free trade agreement with the US to be
implemented. PAC had hitherto opposed the design of the
In November, Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Costa
Rica to sign several important bilateral trade agreements.
Costa Rica is the only Central American country to have
diplomatic relations with China since Costa Rica made
restrictions in its relations with Taiwan in June 2007.