West African experts meet to discuss terrorism

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African experts are scheduled to meet in Accra, Ghana, next week to "reflect" on the fight against terrorism and agree on a draft declaration on human trafficking, particularly children, in the sub-region, ECOWAS said in a statement.
Released by the secretariat of the 15-nation body in Abuja, the statement said experts from the Ministries of Justice, Internal Security and Social Affairs of member states would discuss the issues during two sessions at the International Conference Centre.
The first session will discuss trafficking in persons 23-24 October, while the second session, fixed for 25-27 October, will focus on the fight against corruption and terrorism.
ECOWAS said delegates would discuss a draft resolution and political declaration on trafficking in persons, consider an initial plan of action on the problem and discuss Ghana's proposal for the establishment of a Criminal Intelligence Bureau, one of the measures to help check cross-border crime.
The two sessions are being organised in collaboration with the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, the Centre for International Crime Prevention and the government of Japan, which is funding the meetings.
The meeting has attracted high interest because of the inclusion of the fight against terrorism on its agenda.
ECOWAS officials said the meeting was planned long before the 11 September terrorist attacks in the US, which has placed the issue of fighting terrorism high on the global agenda.

19 october 2001 16:57:00

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