Argentina gives Ghana ship ultimatum

2012-11-12 19:45

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.

  • Carlton - 2012-11-12 21:36

    Argentina must pay up or shut up. I know Argentina is in financial crisis but life sucks what can u do.

      abram.spamers - 2012-11-13 01:37

      You can't hold military ships hostage for any reason. Its just asking for trouble. There are other ways for Ghana to settle this.

      aitken.rob - 2012-11-13 02:10

      America owes Russian $125 Billion dollars. OK America, we want mmmmm the statue of liberty. You must be thick

      Carlton - 2012-11-13 02:39

      Abram, there is no treaty that says you cant hold a military ship, and how is it asking for trouble is Argentina going to declare war against Ghana lol. Atkins I wasn't even going to dignify or post, but let me humour u the day the statue of liberty is loitering around in Russian territory then they must seize it. Argentina must settle its debts an stop making noise.

      abram.spamers - 2012-11-13 09:55

      @Carlton - The Falklands war should ring a bell? Argentina has been known to attack whatever they want (The United Kingdom for example) to get "their belongings" back. I'm not saying Argentina is in the right at all, I just don't think its best for any nation to try to fix anything by taking action directly against another nations military.

      Carlton - 2012-11-13 11:19

      Abram the Argentines lost that war remember, and from an island nation in Europe. I understand that taking a military ship may be easily mistaken as a provocation but it is well within the international law in wich Ghana is obliged to follow if Argentina payed its debts quietly it would have long been forget. I hear that the Argentine government is in trouble so perhaps its a ploy to distract the public from its short comings, btw I not Ghanaian but I do believe its in good faith to pay debts.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-12 21:52

    Gone are the days where African states had to bow Westerns, I salute Ghana for that because no any state is allowed to dictate terms for another state, they must pay or the ship stays arrested, Westerns should learn to respect Africans and their leadership.

      abram.spamers - 2012-11-13 01:43

      I don't think you realize the irony in this statement... This article only tells part of the story. The ship is being held so that American businessman Paul Singer and his company can claim debt from Argentina. Isn't that the very definition of "bowing to the west"?

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-11-13 07:05

      ooooooo, burn...

      ricardo.boscaglia - 2012-11-13 09:23

      I think Argentina should send over their Amphibious Commandos and Tactical Divers ,seize their ship back showing that respect to "Africans and their leadership." What will ghana do? Nothing. Why? Because they are useless

      sean.noble1 - 2012-11-13 09:50

      Once Africa generates a leader capable of leadership your comment would make sense.

      Carlton - 2012-11-13 11:07

      Ricardo, are you serious Argentina cant even reclaim an island right next to it, and you want them to go all way from Argentina to Ghana just for a boat, $1.3billion is a not lot of many especially for a country as big as Argentina just pay your debtors.

  • delish7564 - 2012-11-12 22:55

    You can be sure if the situation was reversed, Argentina would take exactly the same action and not release the ship until the debt had been paid. Total hypocrisy!!!

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