GHANA PRESIDENT TO MEET DIPLOMATS FROM IVORY COAST ON MARITIME RULING
ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to meet with some diplomats from Ivory Coast over Saturday’s landmark judgment by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the two countries’ maritime dispute later this week.
Minister of Information Mustapha Hamid says the meeting will see the two parties come up with a plan on how to actualize the judgment of the court. 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, Mustapha Hamid said.
ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast.
The Special Chamber on Sept 23 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Ivory Coast’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Ivory Coast’s sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.
Meanwhile, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia stressed that Ghana will continue to have a peaceful and cordial relationship with the government and people of Ivory Coast.
He was speaking at this year’s Kundum Festival of the chiefs and people of Nsein Traditional area, after the tribunal unanimously held that Ghana has not violated the sovereign rights of Ivory Coast with oil exploration activities.
Dr. Bawumia who was the Special Guest of honour at the festival, said: God has ordained today not only as a remarkable day; we also have some very good news as the country Ghana. We have been in a very friendly and brotherly dispute with our brothers Ivory Coast over the demarcation of our maritime boundaries.
This friendly and brotherly dispute was taken to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and judgment was rendered today and that judgment is very consistent with Ghana’s position.
We are thankful to God. We are also thankful to our brothers from Ivory Coast and the Government of Ivory Coast. There is no winner or loser in this, we are all winners because we will continue to live in peace with one another and cooperate with one another across many spheres.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK