ECOWAS moves meeting on Ivorian crisis to Wednesday

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Heads of State of the Contact Group set up on Cote d'Ivoire by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would now meet in Abidjan on Wednesday, instead of Tuesday as earlier scheduled, ECOWAS sources said.
The sources told PANA in Lagos Monday that the shift would not affect two other meetings slated for the Ivorian capital.
These include the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission billed for 25 October and a meeting of Ministers of the Mediation and Security Council the following day.
Leaders of Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo are expected to deliberate on how to build on a cease-fire agreement that ECOWAS helped broker last Thursday between the Ivorian government and mutinous soldiers, who struck 19 September in protest against plans to demobilise them from the army.
Specifically, the meetings will decide on the deployment of an ECOWAS force to monitor the cease-fire, a role being handled in the interim by French troops, and the possible appointment of a Special Envoy to coordinate the efforts of the Contact Group.

21 october 2002 16:20:00

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