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  • Nigeria restates willingness to send troops to Liberia
    29 july 2003 20:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Vice-President Atiku Abubakar Tuesday in Abuja restated the country's readiness to send peacekeeping troops to Liberia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS summit on Liberia in Accra Thursday
    29 july 2003 15:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders are to meet in Accra, Ghana Thursday in continuing efforts to end the bloodbath in Liberia, ECOWAS sources in the Ghanaian capital, venue of Liberian peace talks. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks Liberian ceasefire before troop deployment
    29 july 2003 11:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for an immediate ceasefire in Liberia to enable the regional bloc deploy its military advance team in the country. Full text...

  • Kumba Yala promises transparent polls in Guinea Bissau
    28 july 2003 22:18:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea Bissau Monday assured that fair play and transparency would prevail in the country's 12 October early general elections. Full text...

  • WAJA meets to harmonise press legislation in ECOWAS
    28 july 2003 18:42:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- More than 20 West African journalists began a meeting in Bamako, Mali, Monday on the harmonisation of media laws within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Commander raises doubts over peacekeepers' arrival in Liberia
    28 july 2003 17:59:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Brigadier General Festus Okonkwo, Nigerian Commander of the ECOWAS peacekeeping force to Liberia, Monday held a meeting in Accra with troops and logistics contributing countries, and raised doubts whether the force could be in Monrovia by Friday's deadline set by ECOWAS. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, US officials plan troops' deployment in Liberia
    28 july 2003 15:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Senior officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the US on Monday began a meeting in Accra on the deployment of peacekeepers in Liberia. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers due in Liberia Thursday
    27 july 2003 14:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The first batch of Nigerian soldiers, part of an interposition force for Liberia, is now expected to be deployed in the country Thursday, Nigerian military sources told PANA in Lagos Sunday. Full text...

  • Crack in Liberian LURD rebel leadership
    25 july 2003 16:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A wide division appeared Friday in the leadership of the main rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) in Accra, venue of the Liberian peace talks. Full text...

  • ECOWAS increases peacekeeping force for Liberia to 3,250
    25 july 2003 14:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has increased its troops contribution to the International Stabilisation Force for Liberia from 3,000 to 3,250, as the 15-member regional bloc prepares to deploy the vanguard force to the war-torn country this weekend, PANA has learnt. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UEMOA lay groundwork for next ACP-EU talks
    25 july 2003 09:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Trade and Finance ministers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) will end consultations here Friday ahead of multilateral commercial talks between the European Union (EU) and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Full text...

  • Kufuor expresses concern about arms proliferation
    25 july 2003 07:46:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- With the West African sub-region boiling with conflicts, ECOWAS Chairman, Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor has expressed concern about the youths being recruited as mercenaries to create instability. Full text...

  • Liberian parties still to agree on peace plan
    23 july 2003 17:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS mediators of the Liberia Peace Talks in Accra said Wednesday that the major players were yet to agree the Comprehensive Peace plan. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence chiefs meet on Liberia
    22 july 2003 16:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Defence and army chiefs of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began a meeting in Dakar, Senegal Tuesday on the terms for the deployment of a regional peacekeeping force in Liberia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament Speaker encourages women upliftment
    22 july 2003 10:39:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Speaker Ali Nouhoum Diallow of ECOWAS Parliament has challenged African women to stand up and fight for their rights. Full text...

  • ECOWAS suspends Joint Verification Team to Liberia
    22 july 2003 07:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended the mission of the Joint Verification Team (JVT) for Liberia due to the escalation of fighting in Monrovia, ECOWAS sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • No ECOWAS force in Liberia till cease-fire returns - Obasanjo
    21 july 2003 22:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday said in Abidjan that ECOWAS (Economic Community for West African States) troops would only be deployed to Monrovia after the restoration of a cease-fire broken last week between the Liberian belligerents. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Force Commander due in Monrovia Wednesday
    21 july 2003 18:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nigeria's Brigadier-General Festus Okonkwo, Commander of ECOWAS Vanguard Force, will lead a 10-member Technical Survey Team to Liberia Wednesday to assess the situation in the nation's capital Monrovia, ahead of immediate deployment of a 1,000-strong sub-regional peacekeeping force. Full text...

  • UN official nudges rapid deployment in Liberia
    18 july 2003 22:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Olara Otunnu, UN special representative for children and armed conflicts, Friday hoped the deployment of an international peacekeeping force to Liberia would be "as soon as possible" to avert an unprecedented humanitarian disaster in West Africa. Full text...

  • ADB, ECOWAS sign cooperation agreement
    18 july 2003 19:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) and the African Development Fund (ADF) have signed an agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which provides a framework for cooperation between the Bank and the sub-regional economic grouping. Full text...

  • ECOWAS technical team due in Liberia ahead of troops' deployment
    17 july 2003 14:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ECOWAS technical team is due in Monrovia Friday to gather necessary information for the deployment of the 1,500 West African advance troops in Liberia, ECOWAS sources told PANA in Lagos Thursday. Full text...

  • West African female journalists study NEPAD concepts
    16 july 2003 22:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 20 female journalists from 15 West African countries Wednesday commenced a three-day drill here on the concept of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) initiative. Full text...

  • ECOWAS female parliamentarians to meet in Gambia
    16 july 2003 22:05:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Preparations are well advanced for the first meeting of the Eco-Community Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) slated for 21-25 July in The Gambia, organisers said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Commander cries SOS for ECOWAS mission in Cote d'Ivoire
    16 july 2003 19:45:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- General Pape Khalilou Fall, commander of the peacekeeping force of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has warned that there would no funds to operate the ECOWAS Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (MICECI) beginning next September. Full text...

  • Annan puts hope on ECOWAS, US troops for Liberia
    16 july 2003 17:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- In spite of urgent appeals by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the Security Council to authorise immediate deployment of troops to keep peace in troubled Liberia, the Council's decision on the issue may wait till August. Full text...

  • Security Council blames Liberia for tension in West Africa
    09 july 2003 16:51:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council Mission to West Africa turned in its report Wednesday, blaming some governments in the region, particularly that of Liberia for exacerbating existing tension in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria pledges 1,300 troops for Liberian peacekeeping force
    05 july 2003 17:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has pledged to contribute 1,300 soldiers, about half of the 3,000 troops pledged by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for the interposition force to be deployed in Liberia, informed sources told PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • UN mission praises peace building in Sierra Leone
    05 july 2003 10:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN Security Council mission to West Africa has praised efforts of the government and people of Sierra Leone to gradually recover from ten years of civil war to peace building. Full text...

  • Ghana hosts ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission meeting
    03 july 2003 16:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The seventh ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission meeting took off in Accra on Thursday with a call for measures to help Liberians end the carnage in their country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS accredits Swedish envoy
    01 july 2003 11:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has accredited the Swedish ambassador to Nigeria, Brigitta Hoist Alani, as the country's Permanent Representative to the 15-member regional organisation, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement. Full text...

  • Liberia dominates meeting between UN mission, ECOWAS
    29 june 2003 15:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The situation in Liberia, where uneasy calm prevails after days of heavy fighting between government and rebel forces, dominated Sunday's meeting between the visiting UN Security Council mission and the ECOWAS officials in Abuja. Full text...

  • Kufuor says ECOWAS to send peacekeeping force to Liberia
    28 june 2003 11:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor said Friday night that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would send a peacekeeping force into Liberia once the fighting stops. Full text...

  • Liberia peace mediator adjourns talks
    27 june 2003 14:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Liberian peace talks chief mediator, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Friday adjourned the talks for a week to allow the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission and the Mediation and Security Council meet in an emergency session to consider the situation in the country. Full text...

  • Fresh fighting in Liberia troubles ECOWAS leaders
    26 june 2003 11:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Renewed hostilities in Liberia between the government and rebel forces have raised concern among leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is brokering a peace deal among conflicting parties in the country. Full text...

  • China becomes second largest exporter to West Africa
    26 june 2003 08:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- With 11 percent of market shares, China has become the second largest exporter, after France, to the 15- member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mauritania, a French economist said here. Full text...

  • Liberian peace talks resume on Wednesday
    09 june 2003 16:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Liberian peace talks at Akosombo, Ghana will resume on Wednesday to enable two other members of the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) due in Tuesday, to take part in the process, mediator Abdulsalami Abubakar announced at a meeting in the Ghanaian town Monday. Full text...

  • EU donates 390,000 euro to ECOWAS for Liberian talks
    06 june 2003 15:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has donated 390,000 euros to ECOWAS to enhance ongoing peace talks between the Liberian government and the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels in Ghana. Full text...

  • French, ECOWAS officials discuss peacekeeping drills
    05 june 2003 12:56:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- French delegation and officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began discussions here Thursday, on a training mission for countries involved in peacekeeping operations in Africa. Full text...

  • Taylor leaves for Liberian peace talks in Ghana
    03 june 2003 15:44:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has left Monrovia to attend the Liberian peace talks opening Wednesday in Ghana, officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Seven African leaders to attend Liberian peace talks
    03 june 2003 09:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The chair of the African Union, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, is among the six African leaders expected to join host President John Kufuor of Ghana at Wednesday's opening of the Liberian peace talks, ECOWAS officials said in Lagos Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS shifts venue of Liberian peace talks
    02 june 2003 12:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has shifted the venue of this week's talks between the warring parties in Liberia, scheduled for Ghana, from Elmina to Akosombo, officials told PANA in Lagos Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers for Togo's Sunday poll
    30 may 2003 18:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A 14-member ECOWAS election observer mission has arrived in Lome, Togo, for the country's Sunday presidential election, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement in Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS touts achievements on 28th anniversary
    30 may 2003 18:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Though better known for its peacekeeping role than its original purpose of economic integration of the West African sub-region, ECOWAS Friday insisted that progress on the integration project was the highpoint of its achievements in the past 28 years. Full text...

  • Fundraising for ECOWAS Ivorian mission holds July
    29 may 2003 14:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The international fund-raising conference to solicit money for the ECOWAS Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (ECOMICI) has been re-scheduled for Brussels in July, according to Ghana's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nana Akufo-Addo. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders adopt declaration on regional security
    28 may 2003 22:29:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African leaders Wednesday adopted a special declaration in an effort to restore peace and security to the sub-region, wracked by conflicts that have stunted economic growth and hampered social and political development. Full text...

  • President Compaore departs for ECOWAS meeting in Abuja
    28 may 2003 13:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso left here Wednesday for Abuja, Nigeria to attend the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) and the swearing-in of re-elected Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Mathieu Kerekou off to Abuja for ECOWAS summit
    28 may 2003 09:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou left here Wednesday for Abuja to participate in the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) that is expected to discuss peace, security and sub-regional integration. Full text...

  • Kufuor leaves for ECOWAS Summit in Nigeria
    27 may 2003 18:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chairman President John Kufuor left Accra Tuesday for Abuja, Nigeria to attend a one-day extraordinary summit of heads of state of ECOWAS and the inauguration of President Olusegun Obasanjo for a second term. Full text...

  • West African leaders hold ECOWAS anniversary summit
    27 may 2003 14:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African leaders will converge on Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, Wednesday for a one-day extraordinary summit planned to coincide with the 28th anniversary of ECOWAS, the secretariat of the 15-member organisation said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana hosts workshop on drug control
    26 may 2003 18:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A three-day regional workshop on the co-ordination of drug reduction efforts among member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened in Accra on Monday with a call on governments in the sub-region to mobilise available resources towards drug control. Full text...

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