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Ghana takes maritime border dispute with Ivory Coast to arbitration

(2 October 2014)

On 23 September 2014 Ghana filed suit under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea regarding a disputed maritime boundary between Ghana and Ivory Coast. Previously, the two countries had held ten bilateral meetings to resolve the overlapping territorial waters in dispute, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

The maritime border dispute has been exacerbated by deep water oil and gas exploration activities in the area. British firm Tullow Oil has been granted access to Ghana’s ‘Tano’ licensed area close to the disputed border. Oil exploration activities are permitted to continue during the arbitration process, which is expected to last three years.

In response to Ghana’s suit, Ivory Coast government spokesperson Bruno Kone reported that Ivory Coast would file a complaint to an unspecified international jurisdiction. According to Reuters, he stated that, "We will take this before the competent jurisdiction, but we are not going to say more for the moment.”

Sources:

Ghana files arbitration suit over border dispute with Ivory Coast, by Kwasi Kpodo, 23 September 2014, Reuters, http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/09/23/uk-ghana-ivorycoast-border-idUKKCN0HI1B420140923

Ivory Coast says to file legal complaint over Ghana border row, 27 September 2014, Reuters, http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN0HM05R20140927