Ghana-Togo Maritime Boundary Dispute : For the third time, negotiations fail

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:20
Ghana-Togo Maritime Boundary Dispute : For the third time, negotiations fail

(Togo First) - After three rounds of talks, Ghana and Togo failed to reach an agreement to end their maritime boundary delimitation dispute.

Given the three rounds of negotiations so far, it is quite possible that we are not reaching consensus very soon,” said Lawrence Apaalse, Head of Ghana’s Technical team negotiating the maritime boundary delimitation with Togo.   

In case the talks fail definitely, the Ghanaian official says a third party could help them settle the dispute.

However, before getting to that extent, Apaalse who is also the Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy said that beside meetings between the two countries’ technical team, their respective presidents had made some diplomatic commitments which should be activated to reach an amicable solution.

After Togo strongly opposed Ghana for its oil and gas activities near their shared border, it had to stop them in December last year.

Indeed, after claiming the zone of activity exploited by Ghana, Togolese authorities seized two seismic vessels from Ghana hence setting the disagreement and actual talks. 

Now, as Ghana’s navy moved to the conflict area, Lomé is not pleased and demanded that measures are taken for the navy to exit the zone. 

Fiacre E. Kakpo

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