Senior research fellow at the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Yamoah Tenkorang has admonished Ghanaians to minimize our jubilation so our bilateral relation with our neighbor is not affected following the ruling by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) over the maritime dispute.
‘’We’ve won but we should minimize our jubilation. Over jubilation following the victory will amount to nothing. So let’s be careful how we jubilate otherwise, it may lead to a number of serious implications.’’
He also posited that Ghana did not pay much attention to the maritime dispute between it and Ivory Coast when it first started.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, the dispute started many years ago however, we did not pay attention to it.
He said, Ivory Coast in the past showed signs of a possible ‘oil war’ however we as a country failed to do what was necessary.
Ghana he indicated went to the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).after the diplomatic negotiations failed to work.
He said, the court rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable because of their inconsistencies.
Ghana would have suffered gravely if the special chamber had ruled in favour of Ivory Coast including financially.
According to him, our sovereignty and our precious resources were at risk and it was necessary for us to take the bold decision to issue the notice of arbitration to Ivory Coast.
ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
The Special Chamber on Saturday September 23, 2017 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.