Oil fuels Ghana, Ivory Coast dispute
from RUSSEL ADADEVOH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – A LEGAL battle is looming between Ghana and the Ivory Coast after the latter accused its neighbour of exploring oil in an area it claims
The contentious area is offshore the Atlantic Ocean.
However, Ghana has sharply dismissed Ivory Coast’s assertions that the
Western Region in dispute belonged to it arguing that the West Africa’s
second largest economy had first discovered oil in commercial quantities
offshore in 2007.
Discussions aimed at ironing out issues have reportedly broken down.
This has culminated in the matter being referred to the United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Ghana has already appointed strong legal team comprising the country’s
Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, to
lead their legal delegation to the International Tribunal on the Law of
the Sea (ITLOS).
Ghana has in recent months intensified exploration for oil owing to demand
– CAJ News
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