End Ghana, Argentina Feud Amicably

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A-G Shows Class….

By Gifty Arthur

The Minister for Justice and Attorney- General, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has shown class by leading Ghana’s team of officials to settle amicably, a dispute between Ghana and Argentina over a naval ship, belonging to the latter which was ceased in Ghanaian waters last year.

Herald’s sources within the AG’s Department have revealed that the feat was chalked without any cost to Ghana.

The settlement agreement was concluded last Friday September 27, 2013 at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, in The Hague, The Netherlands, bringing to a successful end, a year long dispute between the two countries.

Officials from Argentina have thus agreed to discontinue the arbitration it initiated and dropped all financial claims being made against Ghana.

The agreement was concluded against the backdrop of a recent Supreme Court decision that the seizure of the warship was a violation of the immunity Argentina enjoys under Customary International law.

A, statement from the Ministry, states in parts that the settlement follows months of negotiations involving Mrs. Appiah-Oppong, the Foreign Affairs Ministry as well as the Office of the President.

”The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong led Ghana’s delegation to sign the agreement with her counterparts from Argentina”, the statement said.

The official Signing Ceremony was presided over by H.E Judge Bruno Simma, the President of the Arbitral Tribunal of the International Court of Arbitration and also present were some representatives of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

The amicable settlement of the dispute provides Ghana and Argentina the opportunity to strengthen their existing
friendship and bilateral cooperation in various fields including agriculture, science and technology, defense and
Maritime affairs.

The dispute arose over Ghana’s High Court’s order in October 2012 to arrest and detain the Argentine warship ARA Libertad while on a goodwill visit to the Port of Tema.

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