Argentina takes ship dispute with Ghana to UN court

Argentina has asked a United Nations court to order the release of one of its navy ships impounded in Ghana because of a debt dispute.

Argentina argues that the seizure violates maritime law.

The ship was prevented from leaving Ghana last month, after a local court ruled in favour of a financial fund backed by an American billionaire.

The fund says it is owed $370m (£233m) by the Argentine government as a result of its debt default a decade ago.

It is seeking $20m in return for the release of the ship, a three-masted training vessel.

International dispute

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Argentina had approached the International Sea Tribunal, based in Germany, to request the “immediate and unconditional release of the frigate ARA Libertad and its restocking so it can leave the port of Temar [in Ghana] with the utmost urgency”.

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Article courtesy of the BBC.

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