West African entente discusses security

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ahead of a ministerial conference of the 'Entente Council' grouping a number of French-speaking West African countries, about 30 security experts began meeting Friday in Cotonou, Benin.
At the centre of their deliberations are resolutions made last January by leaders of member countries, at a summit in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire.
Current preoccupations of the Entente include free movement of people and goods between member countries, in the wake of xenophobic attacks in Côte d'Ivoire.
The experts are also examining the security situation within the entente, particularly with regards to arms and drug trafficking, illegal immigration and police brutality.
The Entente Council includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger and Togo.

27 july 2001 22:11:00

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