Argentina gives Ghana ship ultimatum

2012-11-12 19:45


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Buenos Aires - Argentina warned Ghana on Monday that it will take the west African nation to court this week if it refuses to free a navy ship held in port over a debt dispute.

"The government of Ghana has until tomorrow, Tuesday [13 November], to order a provisional measure to release the ship," Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman declared at the presidential residence.

Timerman said that unless Ghana abides by Argentina's demand, Buenos Aires will ask the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which is based in Germany, to force Accra's hand.

The three-masted Libertad has been docked at the port of Tema since 2 October, under orders from a Ghanaian court following a lawsuit from NML, a Cayman Islands investment firm that says Argentina owes it $37m.

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