Ghana files statement of case against Cote d’Ivoire at the ITLOS
(1 October 2015)
Ghana has filed a statement of case in its dispute with Cote d’Ivoire at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), allowing the case to proceed forward. The statement of case, also called a memorial, was due 4 September 2015, and it was filed promptly on that day. Cote d’Ivoire has until 4 April 2016 to file its response.
The dispute concerns the maritime boundary between the two countries, and at stake are several oil and gas fields with ongoing production. Ghana filed the case in September 2014, arguing that it had not infringed on Cote d’Ivoire’s territorial waters. Cote d’Ivoire argued in response that all activities in the disputed area should be suspended until ITLOS ruled, but its claim was overruled by the Special Chamber of the ITLOS in April 2015. ITLOS cited the potential damage to drilling equipment and the financial losses such a suspension would entail for Ghana in its decision.
Hearings for the dispute are scheduled to begin in February 2017.
Maritime boundary dispute between Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire: Ghana files statement of case, 8 September 2015, by Mabel Aku Baneseh for the Graphic Online, http://graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/49078-maritime-boundary-dispute-between-ghana-cote-d-ivoire-ghana-files-statement-of-case.html