Host meeting of the ECOWAS Council, seeking regional stability

The Mediation and Security Council of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held its 39th ambassadorial-level meeting in Abuja on November 23 in a bid to promote stability in the area.

Chairman Musa Sani Nuhu praised the progress, but pointed out in a statement made available to the media on Saturday that significant obstacles remain to growth and integration. Moreover, he called for concrete plans that would quickly restore constitutional governance in countries where political authority has been usurped.

Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musah, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, discussed progress made with some transitional governments, but stressed that the meeting should propose more measures to safeguard democracy.

The political security environment, humanitarian crises, transition processes, peace initiatives and early warning systems were among the concerns discussed by the assembled ambassadors. Initiatives for regional democracy, peace and participatory governance were emphasized in the texts.

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Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission Omar Alieu Touray, during his brief address, commended the efforts of the Permanent Representatives on behalf of the community's concerns.

“The meeting was also graced by a brief appearance by the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, HE Omar Alieu Touray, who took the opportunity to express the Commission's gratitude in view of the work being done by the Permanent Representatives carried out for the good of the ECOWAS community.

“The MSC Ambassadorial is a preparatory meeting where informed and constructive recommendations are expected to be scaled up to the attention of subsequent ECOWAS statutory meetings, starting with the MSC at the ministerial level,” the statement said.

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