US to assist ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Mechanism

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US has agreed to support the ECOWAS Early Warning System, being set up under the sub-region's Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security, adopted in December 1999.
An ECOWAS statement in Abuja said the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the US European Command, Gen.
Calton Fulford, announced the gesture in Accra during a recent five-day seminar organised by the US African Centre for Strategic Studies.
Fulford said the US assistance, which will be implemented during the next budget year, followed a request by ECOWAS.
He did not disclose details of the support, though ECOWAS sources told PANA it could involve the provision of computers and other communication equipment.
The ECOWAS Early Warning System is to operate from four zonal observatories, located in Banjul (Gambia), Cotonou (Benin Republic), Monrovia (Liberia) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
The ECOWAS Secretariat is the co-ordinating centre for the System, designed to serve as a pre-emptive mechanism for conflict prevention in the sub-region.
The European Union has provided two million dollars for the take-off of the observatories for the first two years.

30 august 2001 14:28:00

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