Thursday, November 15, 2012
Yesterday, Argentina requested that the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issue provisional measures against Ghana with respect to a dispute over the frigate ARA Libertad being detained by Ghana. Argentina brought the proceedings under article 290 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
According to Argentina, Ghana has illegally detained the ARA Libertad at the port of Tema since the second day of October. Argentina states that the ARA Libertad is a warship and a flagship of Argentina's Navy and, as such, is entitled to certain immunities. Argentina further claims that the ship was on an official visit to Ghana pursuant to an agreement between the two countries at the time it was detained.
Argentina requests that Ghana allow the frigate to leave the port of Tema and the national waters of Ghana immediately.