May 23, 2013
Gov't reports Ghana to tribunal over Libertad
The government formally reported Ghana today before the Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, in a bid to try to recuperate the ship that has been detained in Tema port since October 2.
The action comes after the absence of a response by Ghana to yesterday’s ultimatum over the release of the Libertad frigate.
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman announced the measure today in a televised press conference from the Government House, where he explained it had been put through “in order to push Ghana to inconditionally release the ARA Libertad ship, so it can leave Tema port immediately.”
The frigate has been controversially detained since October 2 in the port of Tema, after a Ghanaian judge ruled in favour of NML Capital, an investment or “vulture” fund that is demanding the payment of bond debt.
The government argues that the seizure of the ship represents an infringement of sovereign rights.
The Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is an international court that was formed to mediate disputes on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The maritime tribunal usually takes up to three months to deliver a verdict on such disputes.