Regional military manoeuvres end

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The 10-nation West African military manoeuvres ended Monday after troops made a final assault against a fictitious enemy at Koumea and a military parade at Kara, 40 km north of Lome.
Army units from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo took part in the military exercise cod-named "Cohesion Kozah 2001".
Togolese defence minister Gen.
Assani Tidjani said the manoeuvres were held as part of the preparations to enhance future peace and stability in Africa.
Tidjani said the operation was the best opportunities for armies in the sub-region to know each other and to work together in the context of peace keeping or enforcement operations.
He said that besides military objectives, military medical personnel were able to carry out 220 surgical operations, 6000 consultations and vaccinate 7,300 persons.
President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo and the Ivorian defence minister Moise Kouassi Lida witnessed the closing ceremony.

24 Abril 2001 22:35:00

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