Ghana won’t negotiate with Ivory Coast

International law advisor, Prof. Kwame Fordjour Mfodwo, says Ghana will not negotiate with Ivory Coast over the maritime dispute.

He said the country’s case is so strong that there is no contemplation of withdrawing the matter from the International Tribunal for Law of the Sea (ITLOS) which is currently arbitrating the dispute.

Ivory Coast is contesting Ghana’s claim to a portion of the sea said to hold significant deposits of oil and gas resources.

After failed attempts to negotiate the dispute amicably, Ghana referred the matter to ITLOS for arbitration.

Prof. Mfodwo, who is the National Coordinator for the Ghana Maritime Boundary Secretariat said the ITLOS ruling on an application for provisional measures brought by the Ivorians, shows clearly that “what we said belongs to us, [actually] belongs to us.”

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