Ghana says it will release Argentine ship

December 18, 2012 - 11:33 AM
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La fragata de adiestramiento de la Armada argentina "ARA Libertad" permanece retenida, a petición de un fondo de inversiones estadounidense, en el puerto de Tema, en las afueras de Acra, Ghana, el viernes 14 de diciembre de 2012. Un tribunal de la ONU ordenó el sábado que la fragata sea liberada de inmediato. (Foto AP/Gabriela Barnuevo)

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's government says it will comply with a United Nations court order to release an Argentine naval ship that's been held since October.

Deputy Information Minister Sam Okudzeto-Ablakwa said the government "has decided to fully comply with the decision of the court." He spoke to radio station Joy FM.

Ghana's Attorney General Benjamin Kunbuor said on a radio broadcast Tuesday that the Supreme Court must reverse a lower court ruling to impound the ship before the Argentine vessel could be released.

The U.N. International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on Saturday ordered Ghana to release the ship.

The ARA Libertad training ship was impounded Oct. 2 at Tema port at the behest of private creditors as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from Argentina's economic crisis a decade ago.