First batch of Senegalese peacekeepers for Abidjan Friday

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first batch of Senegalese soldiers, taking part in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire will leave Dakar Friday for Abidjan, military sources said here Tuesday.
The Senegalese army contingent (jambars) could be deployed on the ground in echelon, according to the same sources.
Some Senegalese military officers visited Cote d'Ivoire a few weeks ago to prepare for the arrival of the Senegalese contingent, initially scheduled for 30 December.
With 650 "Jambars", Senegal is providing the most important contingent of the ECOWAS peacekeeping force, made up of soldiers from Benin, Ghana, Niger and Togo.
The sub-regional force will comprise some 1,264 soldiers, led by a Senegalese General, Papa Khalilou Fall, who will be assisted a Ghanaian Colonel, Robert Sackey.
ECOWAS extraordinary summit on Cote d'Ivoire that was held in Dakar on 18 December set 31 December as the deadline for the deployment of the sub-regional force in Cote d'Ivoire.

31 december 2002 20:35:00

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