The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), established to deal with the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean will deliver its ruling on the case on Saturday 25th April,2015.
[contextly_sidebar id=”FuZ0xf69ugx6jPCzQcjizQElcw2PlBTu”]Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber, will read the ruling at a public sitting which will be held at 3 p.m on Saturday.
Ghana and Ivory Coast argued out their cases on the matter at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on 29 and 30 March 2015.
In its final submissions, Côte d’Ivoire requested the Special Chamber to prescribe provisional measures requiring Ghana to suspend all ongoing oil exploration and exploitation operations in the disputed area, refrain from granting any new permit for oil exploration and exploitation in the disputed area, take all steps necessary to prevent information resulting from past, ongoing or future exploration activities conducted by Ghana, or with its authorization, in the disputed area from being used in any way whatsoever to the detriment of Côte d’Ivoire.
While Ghana in its submission requested the Special Chamber to deny all of Côte d’Ivoire’s requests for provisional measures.
Ghana will suffer a heavy blow if the case is ruled in Ivory Coast’s favor, because Ghana’s second biggest oil field the ENI field which is operated by Tullow falls under the disputed area.
Tullow had earlier told Citi Business News it was confident the ruling will go in Ghana’s favor.
By: Vivian Kai Lokko/citifmonline.com/Ghana