Published On: Wed, Apr 22nd, 2015

Tribunal to rule on Ghana, Ivory Coast sea dispute 

Ivory Coast, Ghana flags

Ivory Coast, Ghana flags

ACCRA – THE Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), established to deal with the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Ivory Coast in the Atlantic Ocean will deliver its ruling on the case on Saturday 25.

The President of the Special Chamber, Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, will read the ruling at a public sitting which will be held

Ghana and Ivory Coast argued out their cases on the matter at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in March.

In its final submissions, Ivory Coast requested the Special Chamber to prescribe provisional measures requiring Ghana to suspend all ongoing oil exploration and exploitation operations in the disputed area.

It also asked Ghana to refrain from granting any new permit for oil exploration and exploitation in the disputed area, take all steps necessary to prevent information resulting from past, ongoing or future exploration activities conducted by Ghana, or with its authorization, in the disputed area from being used in any way whatsoever to the detriment of Ivory Coast.

– CAJ News





Ghana in its final submission requested the Special Chamber to deny all of Ivory Coast requests for provisional measures.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Marietta Brew Oppong who led a team of lawyers, said Ghana would suffer a heavy blow if the case is ruled in Ivory Coast’s favour, because Ghana’s second biggest oil field the ENI field, which is operated by Tullow, fell under the disputed area.

Tullow Oil Plc, a leading oil exploration and production firm which is operating the country’s Jubilee fields, was confident the ruling will go in Ghana’s favour.







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