Defence Chiefs of ECOWAS troops contributing countries meet

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Defense Chiefs of Staff of member states contributing troops to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) monitoring mission for Cote d'Ivoire meet Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria, to review the structure of the force to be deployed in that country later this month.
Ministers of the Mediation and Security Council of the ECOWAS approved the deployment of 2,000 troops during their fifth extraordinary meeting in Abidjan on 26 October.
The meeting considered proposals for the deployment of the force by the preceding meeting of the Defence and Security Commission during which nine member States pledged to contribute 2,386 troops for the mission.
Countries that pledged to contribute the troops are Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.
The two-day meeting of Defence Chiefs will also deliberate on appointments at the headquarters of the force.
The force, to be based in Yamoussoukro, will take over from French troops in compliance with the 17 October agreement for the cessation of hostilities.

05 november 2002 22:06:00

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