-ITLOS on Saturday ruled in the border dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast
-Former President John Mahama has reacted with praise for the current president
Former President John Mahama has reacted to the ruling of International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), praising President Nana Akufo-Addo and his government for not abandoning the case.
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered its ruling in the four-year-old maritime dispute between Ghana and its Western neighbour, Ivory Coast on Saturday.
Though the the special chamber dismissed Ghana's claim that there has been a tacit agreement between it and Ivory Coast concerning the delimitation of their borders, it upheld its argument for the use of equidistance for the delimitation of the boundaries.
This according to experts effectively means nothing would really change and that Ghana has won the case.
Moments after the ruling, former President Mahama, under whose tenure the court action was initiated in 2014, expressed his ‘great joy’ at ruling.
In a statement on Facebook, he expressed his gratitude to current President Nana Akufo-Addo and Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo for not discontinuing the litigation and also seeking the counsel of former Attorney-General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong.
"Ghana also owes its gratitude to President Nana Akufo-Addo and Attorney General Gloria Akuffo for allowing the litigation to continue and for the wise decision in seeking the collaboration of the former Attorney General in pursuing the case. It shows clearly, what we can achieve together when Government works as a continuum", he said.
He further praised members of the previosu government which he headed and the legal team for their efforts in achieving the victory.
Below is former President Mahama's statement:
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