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N°: 131/2014
7 July 2014 [Abuja-Nigeria]

ECOWAS MINISTERS TO DISCUSS STRENGTHENING OF REGIONAL EARLY WARNING CAPABILITY AT ACCRA MEETING

Ministers of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) will at their meet in Accra on Tuesday, 8th July 2014 discuss the political and security situation in the Region, including the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau, latest developments in Mali and the report of Experts on the establishment of National Early Warning Mechanisms. The establishment of the national platforms by Member States will enhance the regional mechanism and promote greater efficiency of the region’s early warning capability in confronting evolving peace and security threats. The proposal is the outcome of a pilot study conducted in three member states in 2011 to “understand the prospects and challenges of institutionalising a scheme through which national early warning data gathering and analysis can best be coordinated and harmonised to address current peace and security challenges.” The one-day MSC meeting, to be attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence, will be briefed by Presidents Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, on the latest developments in Guinea-Bissau where successful legislative and presidential elections were held last May paving the way for the inauguration of President Jose Mario Vaz on 23 June 2014. The Ministers will also be briefed on the status of the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau by a representative of President Jonathan, who chairs the Regional Contact Group on the country.


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