Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • Togo sends 150 troops to Liberia
    04 september 2003 17:38:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A Togolese contingent of 150 troops left here Thursday for Monrovia to join the ECOWAS Peace Mission in Liberia (ECOMIL). Full text...

  • ECOWAS official condemns children's role in conflicts
    04 september 2003 16:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mohamed Ibn Chambas on Thursday condemned the enrolment of children soldiers in the sub-region's civil wars and ethnical religious conflicts. Full text...

  • West Africa records slight decrease in infant mortality
    02 september 2003 22:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Infant mortality has decreased slightly in West Africa over the past 12 years, from 180 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 175 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2002, according to UNICEF's regional bureau for West Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders discuss plight of children
    01 september 2003 19:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) convene here next Saturday to examine the situation of children in the sub region, the UNICEF regional office for West and Central Africa announced Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to complete Liberian deployment next week
    01 september 2003 16:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The deployment of troops under the ECOWAS Mission in Liberia (ECOMIL) will be completed next week, informed officials said in Abuja Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to hold ministerial council in Benin
    30 august 2003 10:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Finance, integration and trade ministers from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will attend a two-day extraordinary session here Monday and Tuesday devoted to trade liberalisation and the implementation of the grouping's levy. Full text...

  • ECOWAS convergence council meeting opens in Abuja
    28 august 2003 18:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 12th meeting of the convergence council of the West African Monetary Zone opened here Thursday with Nigeria's Minster of Cooperation and Integration in Africa saying most member states had made significant progress in meeting the primary convergence criteria for the establishment of the Zone. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau peacekeepers waiting to be airlifted to Liberia
    28 august 2003 09:46:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The first batch of 150 soldiers from Guinea Bissau was Wednesday waiting for a plane to take them to Liberia, to join the ECOWAS peacekeeping Mission (ECOMIL), military sources said. Full text...

  • Malian troops set for ECOWAS peace mission in Liberia
    27 august 2003 13:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A contingent of 250 Malian troops will leave Bamako Thursday to join Nigerian and Ghanaian forces as part of the ECOWAS peacekeeping mission to Liberia, officials said. Full text...

  • Blah solicits Guinean support for Liberian peace process
    22 august 2003 22:48:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- At a private meeting Friday with his Guinean host, President Lansana Conte, interim Liberian President Moses Blah enjoined Conakry to support the peace process in Liberia. Full text...

  • Chief mediator briefs Kabbah on Liberian peace talks
    22 august 2003 14:56:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Liberian head of state, Gen. Full text...

  • Ould Daddah promises to return Mauritania to ECOWAS
    21 august 2003 20:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Ahmed Ould Daddah, Secretary General of the opposition Rally of Democratic Forces (RFD) has promised to return Mauritania to ECOWAS if voted the country's president in the 7 November presidential elections. Full text...

  • Nigerian Minister urges regional monetary integration
    21 august 2003 17:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Co-operation and Integration in Africa Minister, Lawan Guba, Thursday urged financial institutions in West Africa to brace for the challenges of monetary integration in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Mediator leads Liberian fence-mending mission
    21 august 2003 16:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Building on the momentum generated by the signing of the Liberia peace accord, ECOWAS Mediator for Liberia, Abdulsalami Abubakar and the sub-regional community's Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas left Accra for Liberia Thursday to launch a peace mission to some West African States, ECOWAS officials told PANA in Lagos. Full text...

  • ECOWAS should not relent on Liberia, says UN envoy
    20 august 2003 18:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Special Envoy for West Africa Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah Wednesday urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the international community to continue to support the peace process in Liberia. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau anticipates ECOWAS support
    18 august 2003 23:26:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau looks forward to support from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the conduct of early parliamentary polls due 12 October, President Koumba Yala declared here Monday. Full text...

  • Liberian Agreement provides for Peace, Reconciliation
    18 august 2003 21:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed by Liberian stakeholders Monday after more than two months of tough negotiations brokered by ECOWAS, provides for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to provide a forum that will address issues of impunity. Full text...

  • Liberian groups finally sign peace agreement
    18 august 2003 20:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Liberia's warring factions and political parties Monday signed the long-awaited comprehensive peace agreement, paving the way for political and military arrangements for peace in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • All set for Liberians to sign peace agreement
    18 august 2003 20:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Liberian stakeholders are now set to sign a comprehensive peace agreement after last-minute hitches were removed by mediators, sources at the ECOWAS-brokered talks said in the Ghanaian capital Monday. Full text...

  • Second Nigerian army battalion arriving in Monrovia
    17 august 2003 21:20:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The first batch of Nigeria's second battalion to the Economic Community of West African States Mission to Liberia (ECOMIL), has arrived in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Chambas stresses need for complete disarmament in Liberia
    16 august 2003 19:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has stressed the need for a comprehensive disarmament programme in Liberia as part of ongoing peace process, in order to rid the country of arms that have contributed to instability in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Liberian parties to sign peace agreement on Saturday
    14 august 2003 16:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A comprehensive peace agreement that would effectively signal the end of the Liberian crisis will be signed in Accra on Saturday, following the resolution of knotty issues that have hindered peace talks in the Ghanaian capital, reliable sources told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kufuor envisages Liberian transitional govt in October
    12 august 2003 10:10:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Kufuor, current chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) intimated here Monday that a transitional government would be formed in Liberia next October. Full text...

  • Nigeria-Benin border closure affects ECOWAS youth forum
    11 august 2003 17:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the first ECOWAS youth forum opened in Abuja Monday, youths from many West African nations, including Benin Republic, Niger, Togo and Liberia, failed to show up due to the indefinite closure of the Benin-Nigeria border by the Nigerian government. Full text...

  • ECOMIL, rebels fail to reach accord on Monrovia's port
    10 august 2003 13:19:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Mission in Liberia (ECOMIL) and the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) are yet to reach an agreement on control of the port of Monrovia, paving the way for relief supplies to be brought into the Liberian capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS gets E500,000 Dutch grant for its troops in Liberia
    09 august 2003 13:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Netherlands has agreed to make an additional grant of 500,000 euros to ECOWAS to help it in the deployment of its peacekeeping troops to Liberia. Full text...

  • President Lansana Conte receives ECOWAS emissaries
    08 august 2003 23:24:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conte held talks on Friday with an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delegation led by erstwhile Nigerian President, Abdusalami Abubakar, the national television has reported. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediators hopeful to clinch agreement on Liberia
    08 august 2003 18:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Mediators at the Liberian peace talks in Accra are again hoping to clinch a decisive deal to be signed by all parties to the country's bloody war, Cheick Diarra, ECOWAS Deputy Executive Secretary, Defence, Security and Political Affairs, said in the Ghanaian capital Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers to convene trade session in Benin
    08 august 2003 14:02:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ministers of Finance, Integration and Trade of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are slated to hold an extraordinary session here on trade and commerce from 29 August to 2 September, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Chambas re-elected into US University Council
    08 august 2003 13:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Even as he steers the delicate peace process in war-torn Liberia, the executive secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has been re-elected into the Council of his alma mater, the prestigious Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, for another four-year term. Full text...

  • Senegalese colonel becomes ECOMIL deputy commander
    08 august 2003 12:23:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Col. Full text...

  • Abubakar, Ibn Chambas arrive Monrovia
    07 august 2003 23:38:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The main mediator in the Liberian crisis, former Nigerian leader Abdusalami Abubakar, and Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), arrived Thursday night in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Full text...

  • First batch of West African troops deploy in Monrovia
    07 august 2003 17:23:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- About 150 troops of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mission to Liberia (ECOMIL) were deployed Thursday in the embattled capital of Monrovia. Full text...

  • ECOMIL, govt militias tussle over arms containers
    07 august 2003 14:42:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A serious incident between Nigerian soldiers of the ECOWAS Mission to Liberia (ECOMIL) and militiamen loyal to President Charles Taylor was barely avoided early Thursday at Roberts international airport. Full text...

  • Germany supports ECOWAS mission in Cote d'Ivoire
    06 august 2003 19:40:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The German government has donated some 268,000 Euro to the ECOWAS Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (ECOMICI), to boost the peace and reconciliation process in that country. Full text...

  • Deployment of 2nd Nigerian battalion to Liberia begins Saturday
    06 august 2003 15:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The deployment of the second battalion of Nigerian troops to Liberia starts Saturday, a day after the expected conclusion of ongoing deployment of 750 troops from the Nigerian contingent with the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said in Abuja Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria justifies leadership role in Liberia
    05 august 2003 16:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigerian troops continued to arrive in Liberia Tuesday on peace mission, the federal government says its leadership role in Liberia is aimed at restoring stability to the troubled West African sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS boss appoints special envoy to Liberia
    05 august 2003 11:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has appointed Gambian diplomat Francis Blain as his Special Envoy to Liberia, a statement from the ECOWAS headquarters in Abuja said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberian peace talks to resume in Accra Tuesday
    04 august 2003 17:33:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS mediators at the Liberian peace talks would resume closed-door negotiations in Accra on Tuesday with the hope of clinching a comprehensive peace deal for the country, ECOWAS sources said in the Ghanaian capital Monday. Full text...

  • First batch of ECOWAS Force arrive in Liberia
    04 august 2003 14:59:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The first batch of peacekeeping force from the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) arrived Monday before midday at Robertsfield International Airport, some 45km east of Monrovia. Full text...

  • Liberian Defence Minister calls for more peacekeepers
    03 august 2003 20:12:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government Sunday urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to raise to 15,000, the number of troops proposed for the peacekeeping operation in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • How Taylor's fate was sealed
    03 august 2003 19:49:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Embattled Liberian President Charles Taylor was visibly angry when he entered the Executive Mansion (State House) in Monrovia Saturday to receive the ECOWAS ministerial team. Full text...

  • Liberia's Taylor sets 11 August to quit power
    02 august 2003 21:32:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian president Charles Taylor on Saturday afternoon promised to step down 11 August, but would quit the country only after ECOWAS (Economic community for West African States) shall have deployed at least 2,500 soldiers of its envisaged 5,000 peacekeeping troops. Full text...

  • Taylor lays new conditions for stepping down 11 August
    02 august 2003 16:14:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian president Charles Taylor on Saturday chose 11 August to step down from power, but quickly conditioned his departure on the effective deployment of 2,500 ECOWAS peacekeeping troops in crisis-gripped Liberia. Full text...

  • Liberians label ECOWAS team as liberators
    01 august 2003 20:46:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- War-weary Liberians could find no better way to show their desire for peace than to turn out en masse to greet a trailblazer reconnaissance team of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that visited the embattled Liberian Capital Monrovia this week. Full text...

  • Taylor to receive ECOWAS delegation Saturday
    01 august 2003 18:41:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor will Saturday in Monrovia receive the ECOWAS ministerial delegation, Togolese Defence Minister, Assani Tidjani told PANA in the Liberian capital Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military mission leaves Monrovia
    01 august 2003 10:12:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A nine-member military mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which visited Monrovia Wednesday and Thursday has returned to Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Gen. Okonkwo supports ECOWAS intervention in Liberia
    31 july 2003 21:38:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Nigerian Gen. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders endorse sending troops to Liberia Monday
    31 july 2003 19:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday formally approved the deployment into Liberia of the ECOWAS Vanguard Interposition Force by Monday, 4 August. Full text...

  • Kufuor urges ECOWAS to prove capability in Liberian crisis
    31 july 2003 16:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Chairman of ECOWAS, Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor on Thursday called on West African leaders to be proactive in resolving the bloody conflict in Liberia to prove to the rest of the world that Africans are capable of solving their problems. Full text...

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