ECOWAS: Meeting of the West African Chiefs of Staff Operations Committee

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held today in Guinea Bissau, an extraordinary session of the Committee of Chiefs of Operations of the West African Armed Forces in preparation for a meeting at the level of Ministers of Defence of ECOWAS scheduled for December 19.

Indeed, General Biague Nan tam, Chief of Staff of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau and Chairman of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Staff Committee, stressed the urgency of making the ECOWAS Standby Force operational, with a view to fighting terrorism and restoring constitutional order in the region.

For his part, Ambassador Abdel-Fatau Musah, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission, gave an opening address, stressing the need to activate the ECOWAS Standby Force to fight terrorism, given the worrying situation in the region.

The meeting of ECOWAS defence ministers scheduled for Monday should, therefore “propose options and modalities for the effective deployment of the ECOWAS Standby Force in the fight against terrorism and for the restoration of constitutional order” in West African countries where military juntas are leading transitions.

Jihane Rmili

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