Google officials have said sorry and undertaken to glue an error in a map that exacerbated a protective argument and triggered a Central American invasion. "We determined that there was really an error," said a statement from Google after a Nicaraguan commander used the flawed map as justification for last week's night raid into Costa Rica. The mistaken map showed more territory belonging to Nicaragua than actually exists, according to US State Department maps of the area. When Costa Rica criticized that Nicaraguan troops were encamped in their nation, the commander pointed to Google's map during a newspaper interview and refused to move the soldiers.
"Costa Rica is considering its self-respect muddy and there is a intelligence of great national necessity," said President Laura Chinchilla, who appealed to other nations to arbitrate the argument. The small country has no army. Nicaragua has asked Google not to correct its maps of the area. The 200-year-old border dispute was reignited last month when Nicaragua began dredging the San Juan River, which marks the border between the nations, to modify its way.