ECOWAS Council Of Elders Meet On Conflicts

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As part of efforts to ensure peace in the West African sub-region, the ECOWAS Council of Elders will hold its inaugural meeting in Niamey, Niger, 2-3 July to discuss its role under the Protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention.
The ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement in Abuja that the meeting would receive briefing on ECOWAS, its institutional set-up and achievements as well as handicaps, the current security situation in the sub-region and on the Protocol.
ECOWAS Heads of State and Government approved the 32-member Council, 16 December 2000 in Bamako, Mali.
It is one of the three supporting organs of the Mediation and Security Council stipulated under the Protocol.
As eminent persons of society, the Council members who include former Presidents and Ambassadors are expected to use their experience and goodwill to act as mediators and facilitators in member States that are in crisis.
They are also to be involved in political and diplomatic missions with a mandate on preventive diplomacy in potential conflict areas.
The Council members for the year 2001 are drawn from 10 ECOWAS countries -- Burkina Faso (2 members), Cote d'Ivoire (2), the Gambia (3), Ghana (4), Guinea Bissau (3), Liberia(3), Mali (2), Niger (4), Nigeria (7) and Togo (2).
They will serve for one year before another list is compiled and forwarded for approval.

30 june 2001 15:14:00

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