Kufuor urges ECOWAS leaders to break down barriers

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor Saturday called on West African leaders to work towards dismantling artificial barriers created by colonialists.
He said there are strong indications that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is moving positively to unify countries in the sub-region and that such barriers should not become impediments.
Kufuor made the call during bilateral talks with Malian President and ECOWAS chairman Alpha Oumar Konare, at the Castle, Osu.
He said the success of the unification in the sub-region has been given a boost by Konare's exemplary leadership.
The Ghanaian leader cited the peace process in the Mano River Union and the commitment to maintain peace, stability, the rule of law and human rights within ECOWAS, saying without such institutions, economic development in Africa would be elusive.
Konare said Ghana and his country have common problems and stressed the need to ensure that decisions reached by their re-activated Joint Permanent Commission of Co-operation, are implemented for the benefits of their peoples.
"It is necessary (that) teams from the two countries on the Commission identify their problems and common grounds of solution to give more meaning to their relationship to build ECOWAS," he added.
Konare asked the governments and people within the sub-region not to distance themselves from ECOWAS activities, noting that problems such as energy supply, communication, language, culture, security, peace and stability, should be solved for the prosperity of the 15-nation community.
He said it is the responsibility of governments within the sub-region to pursue an agenda that would translate their goals into reality.

20 october 2001 18:13:00

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