ECOWAS security ministers meet in Cotonou

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ministers of security in the Economic Community of West African States and their police chiefs are holding their third meeting in Cotonou, aimed at deriving measures to fight crime in the subregion.
Ten ministers of security from the 15-member subregion are participating in the meeting, which began Thursday, to examine how performances of police can be improved to fight crime in the subregion.
Participants are expected to approve recommendations of the Committee of West African Police heads, held on 27 August, and the statutes and rules of procedure as well as the flag, map and anthem of the Committee.
They will also discuss how the CCPAO can be recognised ECOWAS as a community institution with full support to its activities.
"The trend of current social and political affairs in ECOWAS confirms every day the need for us to restore peace, maintain and promote security if we want to eliminate misery and reduce social tensions", Bruno Amoussou, a senior minister in the Benin government, told participants at the opening on Thursday.

31 august 2001 20:37:00

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