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General News of Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Akufo-Addo meets Ivorian diplomats today on ITLOS ruling

President Nana Akufo-Addo will meet with diplomats from Ivory Coast, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, over the ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the two countries’ maritime dispute.

The meeting will discuss a roadmap on how to implement the judgment of the ITLOS Special Chamber.

“In this coming week, the Ivorian President will send envoys to Ghana and together the two governments will tell the world what it is they are willing to do in respect to this judgment.

"For now, the President will hold his peace until that engagement with the Ivorian envoys, and then we can let the Ghanaian people know what the formal positions of the two governments are with regards to the ITLOS government,” Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid revealed.

The Special Chamber on Saturday, September 23, 2017, in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.

It rejected Côte d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable, noting that Ghana has not violated Côte d’Ivoire’s sovereign rights with its oil exploration in the disputed basin.

Justice Boualem Bouguetaia accepted Ghana’s argument of adoption of the equidistance method of delineation of the maritime boundary.

In consideration of the new boundary, the Chamber determined that it starts from boundary 55 -200 nautical miles away, a position much closer to what Ghana was arguing for.

Analysts say Ghana would now have to wait to see how the final map looks, once the coordinates are plotted in the sea using boundary pillar BP 55+ on a common land boundary, as a starting point for drawing the new equidistance line.