Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 August 2008

Nigeria / ECOWAS / Status of logistics depot, one of issues to dominate meeting of defence chiefs


Nigeria / ECOWAS /
Status of logistics depot, one of issues to dominate meeting of defence chiefs


ABUJA, Nigeria, August 4, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The status of the regional logistics depot in Freetown will be one of the issues to be discussed during the 22nd meeting of the Chiefs of Defence Staff of ECOWAS Member States, which opens in Abuja on Tuesday, 5th August 2008.


The meting of the Committee of the Chief of Defence Staff will be briefed on the status of efforts to resolve outstanding issues connected with the depot that was handed over to the ECOWAS Commission in 2006. The depot will warehouse equipment for use in peace support operations in the region.


The depot is one of the two approved by regional leaders for peace support operations. The second one, the humanitarian depot, is located in Mali.


The four-day meeting will also consider the report of the Committee’s April 2008 delegation to Guinea Bissau to ascertain ways to support the country in consolidating peace. The delegation was dispatched following the decision of the 21st meeting of the Committee held in Banjul, The Gambia.


The Chief of Defence Staff of Burkina Faso, current Chairman of ECOWAS, led the delegation that also included Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff and the Head of the Peacekeeping Department of ECOWAS.


The meeting will also consider various reports including those on JIGUI, the first military exercise to be organized by ECOWAS which took place from 15th to 21st June 2008 in Bamako.


The Force Commanders of the United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the two UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa, will also brief the meeting on developments in their mission area.



SOURCE : Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)


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