ECOWAS leaders meet Sunday to discuss Ivorian crisis

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will take place 29 September in Abidjan to discuss the military uprising in Côte d'Ivoire, according to a communiqué issued Thursday by the sub-regional bloc.
Initially announced for Saturday, the emergency meeting was later moved to 5 October before being rescheduled yet a second time for Sunday.
It would review the security situation in Côte d'Ivoire, which has since 19 September been in the grip of what is severally believed a mutiny and coup attempt.
According to the communiqué, the summit would seek the restoration of peace and security in the country.
"Côte d'Ivoire is going through a serious political crisis following an attempted coup that has already witnessed the loss of many human lives," the communiqué said.
It said the summit would be followed by an extraordinary meeting of the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission to discuss implementation of the summit's decisions.
The Defence and Security Commission, which is an organ of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council, comprises army chiefs of staff from ECOWAS member states.
ECOWAS member countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

27 september 2002 08:53:00




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