Sixth-round of talks for Togo-Ghana maritime borders ongoing

Thursday, 25 March 2021 16:21
Sixth-round of talks for Togo-Ghana maritime borders ongoing

(Togo First) - Togo and Ghana continue negotiations regarding the delimitation of their shared maritime borders. On March 23, 2021, the technical negotiating committee set up for this purpose started a meeting in Lomé. 

This meeting, the sixth since the process began, could lead to the elaboration of a draft agreement and a delimitation plan that will be proposed to the governments of both countries for adoption. “It is important that these talks are conclusive by the end of 2021 so that our States can truly leverage resources offered by the sea,” said Kokou Edem Tengue, Togolese Minister of Maritime Economy, Fisheries and Coastal Protection, who opened the meeting.  

On the Ghanaian side, they insist on the clear will at the summit of the two States to settle the dispute by consensus. “You will recall that there were some problems at the border, but the two Presidents have committed to negotiate to resolve these problems to advance economic activities between the two countries,” said General Emmanuel Kotia, coordinator of the National Border Commission of Ghana and head of the delegation. 

The last meeting, held in the Ghanaian capital last August, had resulted in the identification of the coordinates of the first good land border between the two countries. 

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