Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • Kufuor prods Ivorians to rekindle economic growth
    05 april 2003 14:52:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ghanaian President and chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) John Kufuor has enjoined the political class in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire to forge national reconciliation with a view to relaunching the strife-torn country's economy. Full text...

  • ECOWAS evaluation mission due in Liberia this weekend
    05 april 2003 10:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A six-member committee of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council will arrive in Monrovia on Sunday to verify Liberia's compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1408 of 6 May 2002, an ECOWAS statement said in Abuja. Full text...

  • ECOWAS force attacked by Ivorian rebels
    04 april 2003 20:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Benin soldiers serving with the Economic Community of West African States mission in Cote d'Ivoire (ECOMICI) stationed in Bediala, about 422 km west of Abidjan, were attacked twice on 1 April by suspected Ivorian rebels, informed sources said in Abidjan Friday. Full text...

  • Defence chiefs urge increase in ECOWAS force in Cote d'Ivoire
    04 april 2003 18:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Defence Chiefs of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have called for an increase in the subregional peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire (ECOMICI) to 3,205 soldiers. Full text...

  • Call for speedy creation of ECOWAS military standby units
    02 april 2003 21:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lieutenant General Seth Kofi Obeng, Ghana's defence chief and chair of the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission, Wednesday in Dakar urged the quick creation of standby military units to respond to crises in the subregion. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to send peace mission to Liberia
    02 april 2003 16:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to send a peacekeeping mission to Liberia before 24 April, the date set for the next meeting of the Community's Contact Group on Liberia, General Cheikh Diarra, ECOWAS deputy Executive Secretary, announced in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence chiefs meet in Dakar
    02 april 2003 16:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The sixth session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Defence and Security Commission opened in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday, focusing on the situation in Cote d'Ivoire, as well as children's rights and progress on a regional information exchange system. Full text...

  • Chambas briefs ECOWAS partners on Cote d'Ivoire
    01 april 2003 19:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas Tuesday briefed the organisation's development partners on the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire, rocked by a six-month-old political crisis. Full text...

  • French troops in Cote d'Ivoire hand over to ECOWAS peacekeepers
    31 march 2003 21:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ecoforce, the peacekeeping force deployed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) took over control of a frontline in the Ivorian conflict from French troops at the weekend, sources confirmed Monday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, Japan sign grant agreement
    31 march 2003 16:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS and the government of Japan Monday in Abuja signed an agreement for 100,000 US dollars in support of the sub-regional body's peace and security programmes. Full text...

  • International Contact Group on Liberia to negotiate cease-fire
    31 march 2003 16:02:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The third meeting of the International Contact Group on Liberia, scheduled for Accra, Ghana April 14-16, will negotiate a cease-fire between the Liberian government and Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels, ECOWAS officials said in Abuja Monday. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel delegation off to Accra for peace meeting
    06 march 2003 13:13:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A delegation from the three rebel groups in Cote d'Ivoire left here early Thursday to participate in an inter-Ivorian meeting initiated by Ghanaian President John Kufuor, who is current chairman of ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States). Full text...

  • ECOWAS military chiefs want more troops for Cote d'Ivoire
    06 march 2003 09:57:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS military chiefs have proposed that the regional military mission in Cote d'Ivoire be increased from 1,264 to 3,411 troops. Full text...

  • Defence Chiefs call for more ECOWAS peacekeepers in Cote d'Ivoire
    05 march 2003 22:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Defence Chiefs ended their fifth meeting in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday by endorsing the proposal by Force Commander, General Papa Khalilou Fall, for an increase in the size of the regional military mission in Cote d'Ivoire from 1,264 to 3,411. Full text...

  • ECOWAS security chiefs meet on Cote d'Ivoire in Accra
    04 march 2003 15:02:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A two-day 5th Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Defence and Security Commission meeting began in Accra Tuesday with a call on subregional security officials to come up with recommendations to help solve the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Other currencies in ECOWAS zone plummet against FCFA
    24 february 2003 19:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) on Monday warned in a report that other currencies in ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) countries have continued to depreciate against the franc CFA. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to arrange Liberian peace talks
    19 february 2003 22:35:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is working to bring the government and the rebel LURD together for direct talks next month in a bid to ensure that the upcoming general elections in Liberia are credible and transparent. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UEMOA, EU sign co-operation agreements
    19 february 2003 22:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS, the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) and the European Union (EU) Wednesday in Abuja signed agreements on economic co-operation. Full text...

  • Eyadema meets French Foreign Minister in Paris
    19 february 2003 21:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema had talks Wednesday with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, but details of the meeting were not disclosed. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis threatens sub-regional economy, says UN envoy
    13 february 2003 18:27:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN envoy on the humanitarian situation in Cote d'Ivoire Carolyn McAskie said Thursday that the crisis in that country could cripple the economy of the entire West African subregion. Full text...

  • ECOWAS reaffirms solidarity with Ivorians
    11 february 2003 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Contact Group on Cote d'Ivoire, have reaffirmed their solidarity with the Ivorian people and their readiness to continue their efforts to end the four-month-old crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian president accepts the 'spirit' of Marcoussis
    10 february 2003 23:50:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- West African leaders ended their meeting here Monday noting that Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo accepts "the spirit" of the Marcoussis peace accords. Full text...

  • Second monetary zone meeting to precede ECOWAS Dakar Summit
    21 january 2003 20:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 30-31 January 26th ECOWAS ordinary Summit in Dakar, is to be preceded by an extra-ordinary meeting of leaders of Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the five countries of the sub-region's second monetary zone. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Contact Group leaders arrive for Lome mini-summit
    20 january 2003 15:10:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Heads of States of Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana and Niger arrived in Lome Monday to join their Togolese counterpart, President Gnassingbe Eyadema, at a mini-summit on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Senegalese peacekeepers arrive in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 january 2003 13:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The first batch of 179 Senegalese soldiers on the ECOWAS peacekeeping force, which arrived Saturday in Cote d'Ivoire, will shortly be deployed, French military sources in Abidjan said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mini-Summit on Ivorian crisis in Lome Monday
    19 january 2003 17:27:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Six ECOWAS leaders will meet Monday in Lome on the Ivorian crisis, a government statement said in the Togolese capital Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS brown card goes in English, French & Portuguese
    18 january 2003 19:57:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The ECOWAS brown card will be published in English, French and Portuguese in a bid to avoid problems of interpretation throughout the countries of the Economic Community of West African States, experts on the matter said. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau plans to sensitise citizens about ECOWAS
    18 january 2003 18:03:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Authorities in Guinea-Bissau have announced plans for a comprehensive campaign to sensitise citizens this year about activities of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States). Full text...

  • Togolese ECOWAS peacekeepers leave for Cote d'Ivoire
    17 january 2003 23:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A contingent of 85 Togolese soldiers left Lome Friday for Cote d'Ivoire to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peacekeeping force alongside soldiers from Benin, Ghana, Niger and Senegal. Full text...

  • West Africa Gas Pipeline Project treaty for signing in Dakar
    16 january 2003 15:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Leaders of the four countries participating in the 500 million-US-dollar West African Gas Pipeline Project will sign the treaty establishing the scheme during the 26th ECOWAS Summit in Dakar at the end of January. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Early Warning System ready mid-2003
    14 january 2003 17:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The installation of a defence satellite communications network for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), being handled and financed by the US, will be ready by the middle of the year, officials of the sub-regional group told PANA in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • Dakar to host end of January ECOWAS, UEMOA summits
    13 january 2003 23:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 26th ordinary summit of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) take place in Dakar from 30-31 January, sources told PANA in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves summit to end of January
    13 january 2003 10:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be held from 30 to 31 January in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, sources at the sub-regional organisation told PANA in Lagos Monday. Full text...

  • Conflict resolution seminar slated for Dakar in March
    09 january 2003 12:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Strategic and Peace Research Group (AFSTRAG), in collaboration with ECOWAS and the Agreement on Non-Aggression and Assistance in Matters of Defence (ANAD), will convene a seminar on the harmonisation of conflict resolution mechanisms next March in Dakar. Full text...

  • ECOWAS still committed to peace in Cote d'Ivoire
    08 january 2003 21:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammed Ibn Chambas said Wednesday that although the organisation may be experiencing difficulties in deploying peace keepers to Cote d'Ivoire, it would not abandon peace efforts in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • Tandja addresses 10 Niger officers joining ECOWAS force
    06 january 2003 20:08:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja Monday addressed a group of 10 Niger army officers due to join the ECOWAS peace monitoring group in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Bongo supports ECOWAS mediation in Cote d'Ivoire
    03 january 2003 21:05:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo said Friday that he was on the same wavelength with his counterparts of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) in the search for peace in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • First batch of ECOWAS officers arrive in Abidjan
    03 january 2003 20:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 28 senior officers from Benin, Togo and Ghana arrived Friday in Abidjan to prepare for the arrival of ECOWAS peacekeepers next week in Cote d'Ivoire, a military sources said here. Full text...

  • Ghanaian peacekeepers fly to Cote d'Ivoire 10 January
    02 january 2003 21:03:00
    Tema- Ghana (PANA) -- About 80 senior military officers from ECOWAS countries, 13 of them Ghanaians, would be flown by a French plane to Cote d'Ivoire on Friday, January 3 to prepare for the arrival of ECOWAS peacekeepers on 10 January. Full text...

  • ECOMOG force Commander due in Abidjan Sunday
    02 january 2003 13:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Commander of the West African peacekeeping force for Cote d'Ivoire, Senegalese General Papa Khalilou Fall, is expected to arrive in Abidjan Sunday, ahead of the full deployment of the force 10 January, ECOWAS sources told PANA in Lagos Thursday. Full text...

  • First batch of Senegalese peacekeepers for Abidjan Friday
    31 december 2002 20:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first batch of Senegalese soldiers, taking part in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire will leave Dakar Friday for Abidjan, military sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS slates 26th summit for 16-17 January 2003
    31 december 2002 13:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 26th ECOWAS ordinary summit may hold 16-17 January 2003 in the Senegalese capital Dakar, sources at the sub-regional organisation hinted PANA in Lagos Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS postpones deployment of peace force in Cote d'Ivoire
    31 december 2002 12:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The arrival of the first contingent of West African peace-keeping troops in Cote d'Ivoire, initially scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed to 3 January, sources at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said in Abidjan Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian appointed ECOMOG Deputy Force Commander
    30 december 2002 16:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Monday named Ghanaian Colonel Robert Sackey as the Deputy Force Commander for the ECOMOG force due for deployment to Cote d'Ivoire Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels warn ECOWAS troops
    27 december 2002 20:25:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's rebel Patriotic Movement (MPCI) Friday warned ECOWAS peacekeeping troops due for deployment to the troubled country by 31 December, against "any attempt to violate" the 17 October cease-fire agreement. Full text...

  • Chambas introduces ECOWAS force Commander to Gbagbo
    24 december 2002 21:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday in Abidjan received the ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas, for talks on the crisis in that country, reliable sources said. Full text...

  • MP urges ECOWAS to do more on Ivorian crisis
    24 december 2002 20:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Vice-President of the Ivorian parliament, Yvonne Bouabre Tuesday in Niamey, called on ECOWAS to step up efforts at resolving the Ivorian crisis, which she described as "a danger that threatens all the countries of the sub-region. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt signs agreement for ECOMOG deployment
    24 december 2002 13:49:00
    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. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Meet Monday
    21 december 2002 12:07:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Defence Chiefs of ECOWAS Member States will meet in Abidjan Monday to agree on the modalities for the implementation of the decisions of the just-ended Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State in Dakar on the deployment of a peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire, an official source said. Full text...

  • Four African leaders attend ECOWAS summit in Dakar
    18 december 2002 19:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Only four West African leaders attended Wednesday's official opening in Dakar of an extraordinary summit of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) devoted to the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

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