Chambas gets highest Ivorian honour

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas has received Cote d'Ivoire's highest honour of "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, as part of events marking Cote d'Ivoire's 42nd independence anniversary.
The anniversary celebrations coincided with the 5th meeting of the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission, held 5-8 August 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 Cote d'Ivoire" medals.
Decorating the honourees, 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," N'guessan said, and urged ECOWAS and its Defence and Security Commission in particular, "to continue its activities in fostering cooperation and integration among the Armed Forces of the sub-region as a model for Africa.
" Responding on behalf of the honourees, Chambas expressed appreciation for what he said was President Laurent 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 17:09:00




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