Chambas bags Ivorian Highest Honour

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has received Cote d'Ivoire's highest honour of the "Commander of the National Order," for his "contribution to the search for stability and security in the sub-region".
Chambas, a Ghanaian lawyer and political scientist, who assumed the ECOWAS post in February, was decorated with his medal at a ceremony in Abidjan, part of events to mark Cote d'Ivoire's 42nd independence anniversary.
The anniversary celebrations coincided with the 5-8 August 5th meeting of the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission, held in Abidjan.
Chambas was honoured along with his Deputy in charge of Defence and Security Affairs, Malian General Cheick Oumar Diara and six Defence Chiefs of Staff of ECOWAS members States - Senegal, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali - who were decorated with "Officer of the National Order of La Cote d'Ivoire" medals.
Decorating the honorees, Ivorian Prime Minister Affi N'guessan praised them for "their contribution to the search for stability and security in the sub-region and commended ECOWAS for its role in restoring peace in Member States faced with conflict".
"Without peace there can be no economic growth or integration," he said, and urged ECOWAS and its Defence and Security Commission in particular, "to continue its activities in fostering co-operation and integration among the Armed Forces of the sub-region as a model for Africa".
Responding on behalf of the honorees, Chambas thanked President Laurent Gbagbo, the Ivorian government and people, for the honour.
He also expressed appreciation for Gbagbo's commitment to ECOWAS as demonstrated by his government's willingness to host important meetings of the Organisation, such as the Yamoussoukro Summit in May and the Defence and Security Commission early this month.
"We are humbled by the honour done us, and we pledge to redouble our efforts in the service of our sub-region," the ECOWAS chief added.

14 august 2002 16:36:00




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