ECOWAS plans book on ECOMOG

  Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sub-regional group ECOWAS, plans to publish a book on its highly successful intervention force, ECOMOG, according to a newspaper advertisement Tuesday.
   Through the advertisement, ECOWAS is seeking to recruit a consultant for the publication.
   ECOWAS said the objective of the book "is to provide its account of the force in a book that will be shun of the passion of partisanship, but which will provide valuable insights from the organisation's vantage position to ensure an understanding of critical events that propelled the deployment of the force".
   It said the book would also give an insight into ECOMOG's role "in the milestones on the road to peace".
   The 16-member organisation said the consultant being sought will carry out the responsibility through field visits to Guinea Bissau and the three member States of the Mano River Union - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and also interview important actors, among other assignments.
   ECOMOG was first deployed to Liberia in 1990, when the country was embroiled in internecine fighting among factions seeking political dominance under President Samuel Doe, who was killed in the conflict.
   Following the end of the fighting in Liberia, and the country's return to democratic governance in 1997, the force was re-deployed to neighbouring Sierra Leone, which was then in turmoil.
   ECOMOG was also briefly deployed to Guinea Bissau during that country's political crisis.

06 august 2002 18:15:00

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