Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • 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...

  • Gbagbo flies in for ECOWAS Dakar Summit
    18 december 2002 15:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Embattled Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo flew into Dakar Wednesday for the ECOWAS extra-ordinary Summit on the crisis in his country. Full text...

  • Compaore, Pires arrive for ECOWAS Summit on Ivorian crisis
    18 december 2002 13:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore and his Cape Verdean counterpart Pedro Pires have arrived in Dakar for Wednesday's extra-ordinary ECOWAS Summit on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, ADB sign railway accord
    12 december 2002 18:56:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS and the African Development Bank (ADB) Thursday in Abuja signed a loan agreement for the feasibility study of a sub-regional railway Master Plan. Full text...

  • MPCI accuses ECOWAS, France of propping Gbagbo
    12 december 2002 15:37:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Guillaume Soro, Secretary General of Cote d'Ivoire's rebel Patriotic Movement (MPCI) announced Thursday that his organisation was leaving the peace talks in Lome, Togo, for "consultations," and accused ECOWAS and France of trying to save President Laurent Gbagbo's government. Full text...

  • Campaign against light weapons in West Africa
    11 december 2002 15:14:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Youth Movements and journalists from Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali and Ghana plan an awareness campaign in February 2003, on the dangers of the proliferation of light weapons in West Africa, a member of the organising Committee said in Bissau Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Summit on Cote d'Ivoire postponed
    06 december 2002 11:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The extra-ordinary Summit of ECOWAS leaders, slated for Accra, Ghana, Saturday to discuss the worsening situation in Cote d'Ivoire, has been postponed indefinitely, ECOWAS sources told PANA in Lagos Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Summit on Cote d'Ivoire shaky
    04 december 2002 20:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Saturday's one-day Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) scheduled for the Ghanaian capital, Accra, may not hold, reliable government sources told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS extra-ordinary Summit on Ivorian crisis 7 December
    02 december 2002 20:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders are to meet 7 December in Accra, Ghana, to consider the latest developments in Cote d'Ivoire and how to restore peace and security to the country, the organisation said Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS postpones Dakar Summit
    01 december 2002 15:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 26th ECOWAS ordinary Summit earlier scheduled for this month in Dakar, Senegal, has now been shifted to January 2003, officials of the 15-nation organisation said Sunday. Full text...

  • Gbagbo supports Eyadema's mediation of Ivorian crisis
    21 november 2002 12:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ivorian government envoys have said that President Laurent Gbagbo supports his Togolese counterpart Gnassingbe Eyadema's mediation efforts on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel movement calls for new political order
    20 november 2002 19:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) negotiators currently holding peace talks with government representative in Lome on Tuesday demanded for a "new political order" in their troubled country. Full text...

  • Launch of ECOWAS second monetary zone postponed
    19 november 2002 13:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Leaders of five-member States of the ECOWAS second monetary zone have postponed the launch of their common currency to 1 July 2005, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal to provide commander for ECOWAS force
    19 november 2002 10:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Senegal has agreed to increase its troops contribution to the ECOWAS peacekeeping force for Cote d'Ivoire, as well as to provide the force commander for the sub-regional force, according to Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS. Full text...

  • 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...

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