Ivorian govt signs agreement for ECOMOG deployment

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has signed with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) an agreement for the deployment of the West African buffer force in Cote d'Ivoire, a source close to the Foreign ministry announced Tuesday in Abidjan.
According to the source, the document paves the way for the deployment of ECOMOG in Cote d'Ivoire at the latest on 31 December.
Ivorian Foreign Minister Abou Dramane Sangare and ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas signed the agreement.
The deployment of the ECOWAS force is aimed at "overseeing the cessation of hostilities on the ground, facilitating the return to normal administrative life, contributing to the implementation of the peace agreement on disarmament and ensuring the protection of rebels, observers or humanitarian agencies.
" The mission was entrusted to ECOMOG at the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS heads of state held on 29 September in Accra, Ghana.
Cote d'Ivoire has been plunged into serious crisis since some soldiers mutinied across the country on 19 September 2002.
ECOWAS members states have since been making efforts to end the crisis.

24 december 2002 13:49:00

xhtml CSS