Ghana files case with ITLOS to ward off Cote d’Ivoire from disputed oil fields

| Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 9:00am



Ghana has filed a detailed statement of case urging the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to ward off Cote d'Ivoire from disputed oilfields.

The statement of case which was filed on Friday made it possible for Ghana to meet the deadline.

Attached to the statement of case were voluminous documents aimed at building a solid case for the country.

The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong said she was happy to meet the deadline.

Mrs. Appiah-Oppong who is leading Ghana's delegation submitted the statement of case electronically to the registrar of the tribunal.

Cote d'Ivoire has up to April 4 next year to file its detailed defense as to why it should be declared owner of the disputed oil field, and adjoining Seabed.

Ghana will on July 4, 2016, submit a reply to Cote D'Ivoire Counter memorial, while Cote d’Ivoire is expected to file a rejoinder on October 4 the same year.

Oral hearing of the maritime border dispute between the two countries will start in February 2017.