Ghanaian leader Nana Akufo-Addo will today, September 28 host a high-level delegation of Ivorians in connection with the recent ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on a maritime boundary dispute between the two countries.

“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,” Minister of Information Mustapha Hamid said recently.

“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,” the presidential spokesperson told journalists.

The Special Chamber of ITLOS ruled that Ghana did not violate the sovereign rights of Côte d’Ivoire with regards to the maritime boundary dispute.

Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber on Saturday, September 23 2017 read that the court “… Unanimously decides that the single maritime boundary for the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf within and beyond 200 nm starts at BP 55 with the coordinates 05° 05’ 23.2”N, 03° 06’ 21.2’’ W in WGS 84 as a geodetic datum, and is defined by turning points A, B, C, D, E, F with the following coordinates and connected by geodetic lines:

A: 05° 01’ 03.7” N
03° 07’ 18.3” W
B: 04° 57’ 58.9” N
03° 08’ 01.4” W
C: 04° 26’ 41.6” N 03° 14’ 56.9” W
D: 03° 12’ 13.4” N 03° 29’ 54.3” W
E: 02° 59’ 04.8” N 03° 32’ 40.2” W
F: 02° 40’ 36.4” N 03° 36’ 36.4” W

“From turning point F, the single maritime boundary continues as a geodetic line starting at an azimuth of 191° 38’ 6.7’ until it reaches the outer limits of the continental shelf.

(4) Unanimously,
Finds that it has jurisdiction to decide on the claim of Côte d’Ivoire against Ghana on the alleged international responsibility of Ghana.

(5) Unanimously,
Finds that Ghana did not violate the sovereign rights of Côte d’Ivoire.

(6) Unanimously,
Finds that Ghana did not violate article 83, paragraphs 1 and 3, of the Convention.181

(7) Unanimously,
Finds that Ghana did not violate the provisional measures prescribed by the Special Chamber in its Order of 25 April 2015”.

The case has been running since 2014


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