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West African ministers meet to discuss security

08 July 2014, 07:41Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mediation and Security Council are scheduled to meet in Accra, Ghana to discuss the political and security situation in the region.

Matters on the agenda for the event scheduled for Tuesday include the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau, latest developments in Mali and the report of experts on the establishment of national early warning mechanisms as well as the situation in Nigeria.
According to a statement from the headquarters of the regional body in Abuja, the establishment of the national platforms by member states would 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 statement read.
It added that Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence will attend the one-day Mediation and Security Council meeting.

Presidents Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, will brief them  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 last month.
They will also brief the Mediation and Security Council on the status of the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau.

Jonathan chairs the Regional Contact Group on the country.

- CAJ News

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