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  • ECOWAS advance military team arrives in Abidjan
    18 november 2002 23:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An advance team of 19 military officers arrived here Sunday to prepare for the deployment of peacekeepers from members of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), French military sources told PANA in the Ivorian capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS students urge peace in the sub-region
    13 november 2002 21:26:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A group of students from Universities in the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), began a meeting Wednesday in Abomey-Calavi, near Cotonou, the Benin capital, on peace-building strategies in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Advance team of ECOWAS force due in Cote d'Ivoire Friday
    12 november 2002 16:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An advance team of 24 military personnel from five troop-contributing nations are due in Abidjan Friday to prepare for the deployment of the 1,500-strong ECOWAS peacekeeping mission to Cote d'Ivoire, wracked by political crisis since the 19 September mutiny by soldiers protesting plans to demobilise them. Full text...

  • Ghanaian paper wants Accra to host West African Central Bank
    08 november 2002 12:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's biggest newspaper, the Graphic, says the country deserves to host the proposed West African Central Bank. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks Nigeria's involvement in Ivorian mission
    07 november 2002 14:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS is trying to persuade Nigeria to rescind its decision not to contribute troops to the sub-regional peacekeeping mission for Cote d'Ivoire, which is due for deployment next week. Full text...

  • Donors promise ECOWAS $5 million in three years
    07 november 2002 12:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Donors have pledged five million US dollars in short-term assistance to ECOWAS to finance some of its programmes in the next three years, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement in Abuja Thursday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone not sending peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire
    06 november 2002 22:53:00
    Freetown Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Deputy Defence Minister Joe Blell has said his country will not contribute troops to a peacekeeping contingent being assembled for Cote d'Ivoire by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Defence chiefs of ECOWAS troops contributors meet
    06 november 2002 16:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Defence Chiefs from nine ECOWAS countries opened a two-day meeting in Abuja Wednesday to decide the structure and other details of the sub-regional peacekeeping force to be deployed in Cote d'Ivoire, embroiled in a political crisis since disgruntled soldiers revolted 19 September. Full text...

  • Defence Chiefs of ECOWAS troops contributing countries meet
    05 november 2002 22:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Defense Chiefs of Staff of member states contributing troops to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) monitoring mission for Cote d'Ivoire meet Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria, to review the structure of the force to be deployed in that country later this month. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs meet on peace mission to Cote d'Ivoire
    05 november 2002 14:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Defence Chiefs of the nine countries that have agreed to contribute troops to the ECOWAS peacekeeping force for Cote d'Ivoire were due to meet in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement. Full text...

  • Inter-Ivorian negotiations fail to resume in Lome
    04 november 2002 21:10:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Negotiations between the Ivorian government and representatives of mutinous soldiers did not resume Monday in Lome as expected. Full text...

  • Two-day break for Ivorian peace talks in Lome
    02 november 2002 14:11:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Peace talks launched Wednesday between rebels and the Ivorian government have broken off for two days, sources close to the mediators reported Saturday in Lome. Full text...

  • Ivorian delegations agree to avoid accusations at Lome talks
    01 november 2002 09:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Ivorian government delegation and representatives of the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) have agreed to avoid acrimonious accusations and rancour during their ongoing peace talks in Lome, Togo. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel leaders return to Bouake
    31 october 2002 23:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Tuo Fozié and Chérif Ousmane, two leaders of the Ivorian military insurrection returned to their Bouake stronghold Thursday from Lome where talks are underway with the Ivorian government under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Ivorian officials, rebels continue talks in Lome
    30 october 2002 20:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ivorian government officials and rebels began a second round of talks in Lome Wednesday afternoon following the first meeting presided over by Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema, the co-ordinator of the ECOWAS contact group on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Nine ECOWAS members pledge 2,386 troops for Ivorian mission
    28 october 2002 20:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nine ECOWAS Member States -- Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo -- have pledged to provide 2,386 troops for the sub-regional peace mission to Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt delegation for ECOWAS talks in Lome
    28 october 2002 17:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government delegation to the ECOWAS peace talks on the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire would be led by the country's Economic and Social Council President, Laurent Dona Fologo, PANA learnt Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to send 2,000 peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire
    28 october 2002 11:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A peacekeeping force of 2,000 troops is to be deployed to Cote d'Ivoire, the executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced here at the weekend. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Education Ministers plead for AIDS patients
    25 october 2002 18:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Education Ministers have appealed to leaders in the sub-region to make HIV/AIDS treatment more accessible to children, teachers and other education workers. Full text...

  • Eyadema to coordinate ECOWAS mediation in Ivorian crisis
    24 october 2002 11:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Togolese president Gnassingbe Eyadema has been chosen to coordinate the work of a contact group set up by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the Cote d'Ivoire crisis, sources affirmed Wednesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • West African Education Ministers meet on AIDS
    21 october 2002 17:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Vice-President Aliu Mahama warned Monday that HIV/AIDS could wipe out Africa's productive age group and undermine socio-economic development unless political, financial, social and intellectual resources were mobilised to urgently stop the pandemic. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves meeting on Ivorian crisis to Wednesday
    21 october 2002 16:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Heads of State of the Contact Group set up on Cote d'Ivoire by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would now meet in Abidjan on Wednesday, instead of Tuesday as earlier scheduled, ECOWAS sources said. Full text...

  • Liberia unlikely to send troops to troubled Cote d'Ivoire
    18 october 2002 19:11:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia may not send troops to neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire as part of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peacekeeping mission, President Charles Taylor said Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS contact group to meet on Ivorian crisis
    18 october 2002 17:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After brokering a cease-fire agreement between the Ivorian government and rebel soldiers on Thursday, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has scheduled a summit of its Contact Group on the crisis for 22 October, an ECOWAS source said Friday. Full text...

  • Rebel leader criticises Gbagbo's speech
    18 october 2002 17:09:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Soro Guillaume, Secretary General of the Patriotic Movement of Côte d'Ivoire (MPCI) Friday criticised President Laurent Gbagbo's speech late Thursday, saying the country's mutinous soldiers should be disarmed by ECOWAS. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis affects other ECOWAS citizens, say UN agencies
    17 october 2002 19:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Officials of UN agencies in the West Africa sub-region said in Accra Thursday that the armed conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has adversely affected several thousands of other ECOWAS nationals and called for concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS renews effort to resolve Ivorian crisis
    11 october 2002 15:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas is due in Abidjan on Saturday in continuation of efforts by the sub-regional bloc to find a political solution to the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Health ministers discuss Global Fund on AIDS, TB, Malaria
    10 october 2002 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health Ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Harare Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing 52nd session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa to discuss health problems plaguing the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mission seeks cease-fire in Ivorian crisis
    03 october 2002 19:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A contact group despatched to Cote d'Ivoire by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has indicated it would negotiate a cease-fire as a matter of priority, before seeking a lasting solution to the conflict between rebel soldiers and the Ivorian government. Full text...

  • Essy to join ECOWAS peace negotiators in Cote d'Ivoire
    03 october 2002 18:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Amara Essy, the Interim President of the African Union (AU) Commission, will Friday join a 22-member ECOWAS team in Bouake, on negotiations to end the Ivorian uprising, the ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said in Abidjan Thursday. Full text...

  • Ivorian dailies comment on possible ECOWAS military intervention
    02 october 2002 22:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The possible intervention of troops of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Ivorian crisis was the main focus of the local press Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS makes first contact with Ivorian mutineers
    02 october 2002 17:31:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has made its first communication with rebel soldiers in Côte d'Ivoire, officials here confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military option in Côte d'Ivoire still open
    30 september 2002 14:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- With concerns over the growing number of mercenaries and easy access to arms in West Africa, regional leaders plead with rebels in Côte d'Ivoire to end the growing crisis in the country at round-table talks. Full text...

  • Wade urges Gbagbo to accept dialogue with mutineers
    30 september 2002 09:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Current ECOWAS chair Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is urging President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire to engage in dialogue with disgruntled soldiers who launched a mutiny on 19 September and who now have control of three major towns in the north of the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS agrees urgent mission to end Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 20:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders agreed Sunday in Accra to create a "high-level" mediation mission of Heads of six States comprising Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo, on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Wade leaves for ECOWAS summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 11:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade left Dakar Sunday morning for the Ghanaian capital of Accra to participate in the emergency ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit devoted to the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Emerging concerns of civil war in Côte d'Ivoire
    28 september 2002 12:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- When West African leaders meet in Ghana's Parliament House on Sunday to discuss bringing peace to Côte d'Ivoire, they may see dangers outside the official explanations for the current unrest in the country which was formerly a haven of peace in the sub-region. Full text...

  • 15 ECOWAS leaders to attend summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    27 september 2002 19:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Fifteen Heads of State and governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are expected to attend an emergency summit in Accra Sunday on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghanaian authorities confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS gets ADB grant for Railway study
    27 september 2002 18:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of 3. Full text...

  • ECOWAS shifts Ivorian crisis meeting from Abidjan to Accra
    27 september 2002 12:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called to discuss the military uprising in Côte d'Ivoire has been shifted from Abidjan to Accra, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders meet Sunday to discuss Ivorian crisis
    27 september 2002 08:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will take place 29 September in Abidjan to discuss the military uprising in Côte d'Ivoire, according to a communiqué issued Thursday by the sub-regional bloc. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire solicits ECOWAS support to quell mutiny
    26 september 2002 16:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire, under siege by mutinous soldiers resisting plans to demobilise them, has asked for "support and assistance" from the sub-regional group ECOWAS, to quell the uprising, ECOWAS officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS adopts draft Protocol on Education
    26 september 2002 13:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Education ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met 24-25 September in Dakar and adopted a draft Protocol on Education and Training. Full text...

  • ECOWAS slates Emergency Summit on Cote d'Ivoire for 5 October
    25 september 2002 16:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS chairman and Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade, will host an extraordinary Summit of the 15-nation Community 5 October on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament condemns uprising in Code d'Ivoire
    24 september 2002 20:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament Tuesday condemned "in the strongest terms, any attempt to truncate the growth of democracy or take over power through unconstitutional means" in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Mutiny Forces Postponement Of ECOWAS Police Chiefs' Meeting
    22 september 2002 15:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has postponed indefinitely the meeting of Inspectors-General of Police in member states, scheduled to start in Abidjan Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 september 2002 13:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Friday condemned the mutiny by demobilised soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire, which the country's authorities have described as a failed military coup. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers to hold meeting on education systems
    19 september 2002 21:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A conference of Economic Community of West African States education ministers will be held in Dakar, from 24 to 25 September, to discuss "subregional integration of the objectives of education for sustainable development," a UNESCO press release said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Police Chiefs to Meet in Abidjan
    18 september 2002 12:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Inspectors-General of Police in ECOWAS member nations are to meet in Abidjan on 23-24 September in an effort to facilitate intra-community cooperation in checking cross-border crime, the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja has announced. Full text...

  • Common currency for West Africa to remain a dream
    17 september 2002 16:17:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The idea of West Africa taking a major step towards a common currency come next year will remain a dream, at least for now. Full text...

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