A maritime law analyst, Stanley Ahorlu has urged Ghana to immediately comply with the UN Court order to release the seized Argentine Naval vessel ARA Libertad.
An Argentine ship, the frigate ARA Libertad was detained at the port of Tema on October 2 by a court at the request of hedge fund, NML Capital which said Argentina owes it $300 million in bonds which have been in default since 2002.
The case was taken to the UN Court which gave its final judgment on the case on Saturday ordering Ghana to release the ship unconditionally.
The Government of Ghana in reaction to the ruling stated it will consider the court’s order.
The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Chris Kpodo in a statement intimated that Ghana will take a decision based on the requirements of the nation’s Constitution and the country’s international obligations.
Mr. Ahorlu however told Citi News
, Ghana ought to first comply with the UN Court’s judgment before exploring any other options.
“I think where an order such as an order of the court; the UN Tribunal for the resolution of matters relating to the convention of its concern, a government which is signatory to that convention cannot simply just ignore the decision or the order of the court.”
He advised government to find a way to appeal the court ruling if it is dissatisfied but saying no “will be diplomatically and politically unwise.”