Ghana: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet in Accra

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African military chiefs are due to meet in Ghana's capital, Accra, for three days starting Tuesday to review the general security situation in the region and determine adequate responses, the ECOWAS Commission said Monday.

The meeting, under the aegis of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS), will be held under the theme “Strengthening ECOWAS Military Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Development”.

Among other issues, the defence chiefs will be briefed on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, which the regional Mediation and Security Council - at its last meeting in March - characterised as a security threat to the region.

Ebola has claimed over 2,000 lives from more than 3,000 cases reported in four ECOWAS member states - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The disease has spread to another member state, Senegal, but has yet to claim any life there.

The meeting will also receive an update on the security situation in Northern Nigeria, where the Boko Haram sect has been waging relentless deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings, and has recently been seizing towns and villages.

Other items on the agenda of the meeting include consideration of the Status Report on the ECOWAS Standby Force, updates on the new Peace Support Operation Division, the operationalisation of the Maritime Model Zone E, the Defence and Security Sector Reform Programme (DSSRP) in Guinea Bissau, and the review of the mandate of the ECOWAS Mission in that country (ECOMIB).

PANA quoted the Commission as saying that during the meeting, Cote d’Ivoire, which has chaired the CCDS for the past two years, will formally handover the mantle of leadership to Ghana, the current Chair of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government.

Guinea Bissau hosted the last CCDS meeting in Bissau in February.
-0- PANA SEG 8Sept2014

08 september 2014 08:27:47




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