Thursday, November 15th 2012 - 02:16 UTC

Contacts with Ghana navy help restore water and power supply to ARA Libertad

Ghana port authorities, GPHA, on Wednesday re-established water and power supply to the Argentine Navy flagship ARA Libertad retained in Tema, according to naval sources from Buenos Aires.

Captain Salonio hosted Ghana officials and contacts were established with Defence minister Joseph Henry Smith

“A maritime agent was authorized into the port to formalize the provision of water and the mounting of an electric generator next to the vessel in pier 11”, said Argentine sources putting an end to a week of frictions when the previous Wednesday Ghana port authorities tried to relocate the vessel to pier 6 and Argentine crew members lifted the plank and showed their rifles.

Following the incident GPHA officials said that the vessel would only be supplied once she is relocated in pier 6, according to a court order. In a congested port the frigate was occupying much needed space for merchant vessels.

However in practical terms the Argentine frigate never was exposed to a lack of water or power because it has sufficient reverses in its tanks as well as its own generators.

Apparently the reestablishment of the services was agreed following a camaraderie lunch between Captain Pablo Salonio and peers from the Ghana navy.

At the meeting “the good ‘tuning’ and corps spirit” according to Argentine sources enabled to unlock the situation.

Last Monday Argentine Defence minister Arturo Puricelli had advanced that the ‘camaraderie event’ was crucial for the return to a ‘spirit of peace’ given the previous week show of force.

He also revealed that following last Wednesday incident ‘contacts’ were established with Ghana Minister of Defence, Joseph Henry Smith requesting “he mediate before the Foreign ministry to suspend the actions initiated by GPHA officials in the port of Tema”.

The next steps to follow were addressed by President Cristina Fernandez at a meeting with Timerman, Puricelli and her closest aides Tuesday evening to decide on the Hamburg presentation. But nothing was said about sending a second crew to relieve those on duty in Ghana.

Likewise Buenos Aires reports also indicate that Brazil is called to play, or is already playing an important role in direct negotiations with Accra given the influence of that country in Africa with 35 embassies.

Brazilian Deputy Foreign minister Ruy Nogueira is currently in Buenos Aires for talks on trade and to discuss the frigate issue. From the very day, 2 October, when the vessel was impounded the Argentine ambassador in Nigeria and concurrent in Ghana Susana Pataro has been operating from the Brazilian embassy in Accra with all their logistics support.

“We are going to do our utmost because we are talking of two countries with which Brazil has close friendship links and we don’t want them to distance”, said a Brazilian diplomat quoted in the Buenos Aires media. Besides, Cristina Fernandez and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff are scheduled to meet in Buenos Aires at the end of the month during the annual event of the Argentine Industrial Union.

Finally the Argentine navy in the event of the release of the vessel has yet to decide the course: directly to the home port of Puerto Belgrano or make intermediate calls in Cape Town, South Africa, Rio do Janeiro and Montevideo. All depends on bunkering.


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1 LEPRecon (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 06:39 am Report abuse
Well since this is an Argentine report we should wait for independent confirmation.

Personally, I don't think it does the Ghanaians any favours to deny the Libertad's crew water. Power, however, isn't necessary for the maintenance of life, so could theoretically be cut.

Argentina should just move the ship, in line with the perfectly legal order given by the Ghanaian courts.

The longer they refuse, the more likely the Ghanaians will force the move, even if it means boarding the vessel. In that case any crew that tries to resist could be arrested for contempt of court.
2 toooldtodieyoung (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 07:17 am Report abuse
1 LEPRecon

The Argentinian's won't do themselves any favours if they let this get out of control, recent events have shown the underlying tension, even if this ‘camaraderie event’ was a success.

Just allow the move, and then everyone can see that they are being helpful. Start waving guns around again and far from being the victim Argentina will look like it is trying to bully and push people around again.
3 Huntsman Extraordinaire (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 09:14 am Report abuse
Hang on a minute... Grey hair... Black eyebrows...

It's Alistar Darling!!!

Run away!!! Run away!!!
4 Conqueror (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 01:18 pm Report abuse
@1 I wonder about this. Is Ghana's navy undermining a judicial order from a Ghanaian court? Could this get the Ghanaian Navy into court for “obstruction”?
5 Idlehands (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 01:24 pm Report abuse
The court has made no order on the supply of docking services - it has merely ordered the ship to be moved which has been appealed. We're waiting for the result of that appeal which I imagine will be to move the ship.

I suspect the Ghanians will turn up better prepared once they have authority from the court.
6 Hook (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 02:15 pm Report abuse
Stupid Ghanaians, they should just give them poisoned water and we'd get on with this circus.
7 briton (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 02:38 pm Report abuse
just pay ya debts.please
8 Pirat-Hunter (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 03:55 pm Report abuse
I think the Argentine navy should of shot the pirates as its done everywhere else in the world. A bullet in the head is a lot more humanitarian then to kill someone of thirst. The argument is perfectly valid since it was Ghana who started the confrontation against Argentina. It was ghanas choice to choose war and confrontation over dialog, if they want to confront Argentina by force we will meet them half way on the cat walk. Simple, but I am all for charging 50% import tax from every nation giving help and refuge to the vulture funds. Let's do the math here 50% fee on US products plus 50% ghana imports could cover the vulture theft in a few decades. Not to mention Argentina moving forwardby itself without anyone's help. Imagine that. CFK WE LOVE YOU, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
9 ElaineB (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 03:59 pm Report abuse
@8 I don't think you love Argentina at all. Your posts would indicate you hate the country you are exiled from because everything you suggest would be more harmful to Argentina and CFKC than anything suggested by other posters.
10 Pirat-Hunter (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 04:40 pm Report abuse
#9 I do love Argentina and my people. For that reason I do not bow down to CIA or mi6 terrorists. I rather confront them with the same tactics they use on the poor. You obviously live in fear while I promote the way of the english. For that reason I support a nuclear defence program for Argentina, while you run hide and pay, lol keep doing what you do and you will always get what you got, the definition of insanity is exactly that. I rather charge 50% import tax on all US and ghana products and run our any english pest from our land, if that will harm your friends ask them to go back where they came from. You would benefits from reading this link to know what scam Argentine tax payers are being suckered into paying, if you don't agree with it maybe you will like to buy the obelisk from me, Or about the CN tower?
I am as exiled from Argentina as the brits in Las Malvinas Argentina, they seem to think they can tell Argentina what to do but yet Latinos have no right to stand up for their beloved land. Read my words not likely. WE LOVE YOU CFK, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
11 agent999 (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 05:13 pm Report abuse
you are so much fun, if you were older I would suggest a job as a stand-up comedian. Never mind how bad a day some one may have had - to come to MercoPress and read your comments has to make one laugh.
12 ElaineB (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 05:41 pm Report abuse
@10 You are the one cowering in Canada. Stand up, be a man and go back to your beloved land. I doubt you would get a warm welcome. Most of my Argentine friends speak with contempt about the people that ran away.

I don't live in fear. I travel the world and meet the most amazing people. I have to say, the only people I meet talking about conspiracy theories tend to have taken a few to many drugs. Which in your case would explain a lot.
13 Santa Fe (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 05:41 pm Report abuse
Pay up and ship out, Ghana is well fed up with you...PAY WHAT YOU OWE
14 ElaineB (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 05:49 pm Report abuse
Timerman is whining to the world to help them. It would carry more weight if Argentina wasn't such a scofflaw.
15 Conqueror (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 09:12 pm Report abuse
@10 More than glad to report you for terrorism and incitement to violence. Do something useful. Die!
16 Skare (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 10:25 pm Report abuse
the ship don't worth a dime.
17 ProRG_American (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 03:55 pm Report abuse
You see Ghana, this is what a little dialogue can do.
18 Simon68 (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 05:02 pm Report abuse
17 ProRG_American (#)
Nov 16th, 2012 - 03:55 pm

It seems that Argentina learned that a little dialogue could do wonders, Ghana has no need to dialogue about anything!!!!!!
19 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 07:37 pm Report abuse
All looking good for Argentina. No wonder the comments have been less and slower than on the water-being-cut-off thread! On a lighter not, Joseph Smith must be sorry about the US Presidential result =)
20 joe_blog (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 09:31 pm Report abuse
@ 18 Zhivagito
so shut up then!
21 Mrs Captain Poppy (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 10:48 pm Report abuse
my husband can't comment at this time he is screwing Briton!
22 DanyBerger (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 08:46 am Report abuse
Argentina should start to put pressure over British interest in Argentina.

This fund NML or Elliott Capital is acting from a British Overseas Territory (Cayman Islands) so UK should be responsibly for what is been doing in their the jurisdiction.

UK companies in Argentina should be advised that further action from NML capital will have major impact over their investment in Argentina. Prime target companies Shell, Unilever, Young and Rubicam, Metro Gas, Cadbury Argentina (bloody is not British any more), BP (oh f@ck is not British any more) BAE (F@ck again is not British at all).

Well really will be hard to find any British company even in the world because seems that Britain since 30 years ago had been sold out by the neocons Tories and Labour party.

Re thinking again I start to feel sorry about poor Britons because they had been depraved by all govts from everything that they use to be proud of.

So Let’s bomb Cayman Islands and make a charity fund to help poor Britons.
23 reality check (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 07:48 pm Report abuse
Did you contact the web site I gave you? let me know when you have a gig near Norwich, I'll come along and see you. Tell you what, get Jimmy Carr on the bill with you, sell out, no problem.
24 briton (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 09:05 pm Report abuse
CFK will no nothing,
you know it,
we know it,
they know.

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