ECOWAS slates 26th summit for 16-17 January 2003

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 26th ECOWAS ordinary summit may hold 16-17 January 2003 in the Senegalese capital Dakar, sources at the sub-regional organisation hinted PANA in Lagos Tuesday.
The Summit was originally billed for December 2002 but ECOWAS spokesperson Adrienne Diop intimated it was subsequently rescheduled simply for the sake of convenience.
Apart from the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, which is expected to dominate the meeting, the Summit will also witness the ECOWAS chairmanship election.
ECOWAS has played a prominent role in efforts to restore peace to Cote d'Ivoire, which has been in turmoil since 19 September after a mutiny by a section of the country's military.
An ECOWAS peacekeeping force, which will operate alongside the 2,500 French troops in the country to enforce a ceasefire between the government and rebel forces, is due for deployment 3 January 2003.
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade chairs the 15-member economic bloc, which is now better known for conflict resolution and peacekeeping rather than the economic integration for which it was established in 1975.
The ECOWAS chairman serves a one-year renewable term.

31 december 2002 13:51:00

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