The International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas (ITLOS) today decided in the maritime dispute between Ghana and its western neighbour, Cote d’Ivoire. The decision was read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber.
The court found in most instances of the allegations brought by Cote d’Ivoire that Ghana was not in violation.
Today’s decision followed six years of negotiations, and 10 meetings to reach amicable settlement of the case.
Among others, the court found that Cote d’Ivoire did not provide any evidence that the negotiations did not provide any meaningful outcomes.
The Chamber found that Cote d’Ivoire did not prove that Ghana has acted in bad faith in the matter. The court also found that Cote d’Ivoire has failed to enter into negotiations of any practical nature with Ghana.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi