ECOWAS mobilises against organised crime

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Legal experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began a seminar Thursday in Ouagadougou, on the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention and relevant protocols against organised trans-national crimes.
The instruments would boost the anti-crime campaign in the sub-region through a co-ordinated approach.
"No sovereign State can, by itself, manage to track down and eliminate it (organised crime)," a Director in Burkina Faso's Foreign Ministry, Zakarie Kote, at the opening of the seminar.
ECOWAS already has sub-regional instruments on judicial mutual assistance and extradition.
With the Convention and the protocols, Member States hope to strengthen their commitment to collectively fight organised crime in the sub-region.
The meeting of experts is to be followed by those of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, Friday.

29 november 2001 18:05:00

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