Arbitration in Ghana-Ivory Coast maritime boundary dispute will favour Ghana – A-G

The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has assured that any award from the international tribunal arbitrating the maritime boundary dispute Ghana and Ivory Coast will certainly favour Ghana.

Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, who is leading a crack team of local  lawyers, backed by international maritime law experts, believes the law is on Ghana’s side.

But the country is not leaving anything to chance, she added.

Ghana initiated arbitration proceeding under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) after years of negotiations failed to resolve the dispute.

“Having failed to reach a settlement after successive negotiations and exchange of views over an extended period of time, Ghana has elected to submit the dispute concerning the determination of each maritime boundary with Cote d’Ivoire to the arbitral procedure provided for under Annex VII of UNCLOS,” Ghana’s statement of claim noted.

Speaking on the matter at a press conference Tuesday, the Attorney-General said government “regards the arbitration as a peaceful means to resolve the long-standing and costly dispute between the two neighbours.”

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