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COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

Year 2013 Selected
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N°: 197/2013
27 June 2013 [Accra - Ghana]

REGIONAL SECURITY CHIEFS URGE STRENGTHENING OF ECOWAS MISSION IN GUINEA BISSAU

							
	The Chiefs of Defence Staff and Inspector-Generals of Police of Troop/Police 
Contributing Countries to the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) have 
called for the strengthening mission’s field operations.
 
At their meeting held on 28th May 2013 in Bissau, chaired by Gen. Soumaïla 
Bakayoko, Côte d’Ivoire’s Chief of Defence Staff and Chairman, Committee of 
ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS), the regional defence chiefs also 
recommended that ECOMIB should be empowered with a Maritime and Air Units to 
enhance it operational capability.
 
The meeting equally recommended the elimination of bureaucratic bottlenecks that 
hamper the success of the Mission’s field operations and the amelioration of the 
living conditions of troops in the mission, especially their accommodation and 
allowances considering the high cost of living in Guinea Bissau.
 
The defence and police chiefs also called for the operationalization of the 
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ECOWAS Commission and the 
troops/police contributing countries in relation to the refund of expenses 
incurred by the contributing countries as well as the effective implementation 
of the Defence and Security Sector Reform (DSSR) in Guinea Bissau.
 
In his opening address to the meeting, Guinea Bissau’s Prime Minister Mr. Rui 
Duarte Barros expressed the country’s appreciation for the support by ECOWAS 
Member States s and called on ECOWAS and the International Community to assist 
the country as it prepares for national elections.  
 
Gen. Bakayoko expressed satisfaction at the progress made by the region in 
Guinea Bissau and congratulated the ECOMIB Force Commander, Col-Major Barro 
Gnibanga and the troops for a job well done, despite the difficult conditions 
under which they operate.
 
The ECOWAS Special Representative in Guinea Bissau, Ambassador Ansumana Ceessay, 
commended ECOWAS for its initiatives in Guinea Bissau and noted that the success 
of ECOMIB “has gone beyond our wildest imagination.”
 
The Chief of Staff of the ECOWAS Standby Force, Brigadier-General Hassan Lai 
represented the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security 
(PAPS), Mrs. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman at the meeting which preceded the 
official hoisting of the ECOMIB flag at a colourful parade jointly mounted by 
military and police contingents of the mission on 27th May, 2013


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