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In the wake of the recent ruling by the International Tribunal For the Law Of the Sea(ITLOS) in Germany, which seek to give Ghana the go ahead with it’s Oil Exploration and Drilling Activities within the Tano Basin which became a subject of Litigation through our Maritime Boundary, the Main Opposition Party, the National Democratic Congress(NDC) has issued a statement.

In the release which appears to Congratulate the Judges and the Two Countries; Ghana and Ivory Coast Legal and the Technical Teams, as well as the Good People of Ghana, was under the Signatory of the National Chairman, Sir Dr Kofi Poturphy also paid tribute to the Late Prof John Evans Attah-Mill.

“We would be remiss if we did not pay tribute to the late President John Evans Atta Mills who foresaw the danger that a prolonged maritime border dispute posed for the development and security of our two sister countries and West Africa. Prof Mills established the permanent Maritime Border Secretariat. He tasked the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, to resource MBS so it could attract and deploy Ghanaian expertise and develop our national strategy for resolving the dispute.” The Statement noted on Saturaday Afternoon.

The Statement went further to acknowledge the rule played by the Former President John Dramani Mahama.

“We acknowledge President Mahama’s courage in launching the ITLOS case despite concerns that this could be misinterpreted by our neighbours as a hostile act and that Ghana could lose the case at ITLOS. President Mahama recognised that protracted bilateral negotiations posed greater danger to our bilateral relations than a swift, conclusive, impartial, and authoritative ITLOS ruling. He resisted pressure to withdraw the case and maintained support for the ITLOS process until the judges retired to write their judgements last year.” The National Chairman of the National Demoratic Congress added.

 

Below is the Full Statement;

 

NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS
STATEMENT ON THE RULING OF INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA IN THE MARITIME BORDER DELIMITATION BETWEEN GHANA AND LA COTE D’IVOIRE

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) this morning delimited the maritime border between Ghana and la Cote d’Ivoire. Substantially the court confirmed Ghana’s historical position – a legal victory for Ghana. The NDC congratulates the judges of the Special Chamber on their comprehensive and clear analysis of the issues and on a fair ruling. We congratulate the governments of Ghana and of La Cote d’Ivoire for seeing this dispute through peaceably and in a brotherly spirit. We also congratulate the Ghanaian legal and technical team and their support staff of their hard and very impressive work.

The ITLOS ruling also represents a victory for pan-African collaboration, diplomacy, and international rule of law. Our two countries have managed a potentially divisive and even explosive dispute with great calm, maturity, and wisdom. We can now put this dispute behind us and look forward to many years of continued collaboration in shipping, fishing, oil and gas and other subsea resource development between our countries.

We would be remiss if we did not pay tribute to the late President John Evans Atta Mills who foresaw the danger that a prolonged maritime border dispute posed for the development and security of our two sister countries and West Africa. Prof Mills established the permanent Maritime Border Secretariat. He tasked the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, to resource MBS so it could attract and deploy Ghanaian expertise and develop our national strategy for resolving the dispute.

We acknowledge President Mahama’s courage in launching the ITLOS case despite concerns that this could be misinterpreted by our neighbours as a hostile act and that Ghana could lose the case at ITLOS. President Mahama recognised that protracted bilateral negotiations posed greater danger to our bilateral relations than a swift, conclusive, impartial, and authoritative ITLOS ruling. He resisted pressure to withdraw the case and maintained support for the ITLOS process until the judges retired to write their judgements last year.

The NDC is proud to have played a leadership role in securing this legal victory and securing these important resources for the country.

Long Live Ghana!
Long Live la Cote d’Ivoire!

Signed

Sir Dr Kofi Poturphy
National Chairman
Saturday,23rd September,2017

 

 

 

Source: Nkawkaw/okwawufm.com/96.3FM

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