Ghana sues Cote d’Ivoire over maritime boundary dispute

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Ghana has sued its western neighbour Cote d’Ivoire in a row over their maritime boundary under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), seeking a declaration that it has not encroached on Cote d’Ivoire’s territorial waters, state-owned Daily Graphic reported on Tuesday.
According to the paper, the decision followed failed negotiations between the two countries in the past few years, as well as continued receipt of threatening letters from Cote d’Ivoire by oil companies operating in the disputed area.

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In order to avoid a diplomatic spat between the two nations, Ghana has since serve its neighbour with a notification of arbitration, in accordance with the provisions of the UNCLOS. The paper continued that Ghana filed its suit based on Article 287 Annex VII of the 1982 UNCLOS.

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