Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 July 2009

West Africa / Latest report of the Secretary-General

 


 

 

West Africa / Latest report of the Secretary-General

 

NEW YORK, July 3, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general.

 

The latest report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) has just been released.

 

In the report, which covers the first half of this year, the Secretary-General notes that the overall peace and security situation in West Africa continues to improve, but he warns of a fragile progress in the area of governance.

 

Specifically, he raises deep concern about the recent wave of unconstitutional changes of government in the sub-region.  The Secretary-General recommends that “to combat the phenomenon of coups d’état, the international community must respond in a firm, proactive, collective and consistent manner to address both their root causes and the practices that can serve as triggers”.

 

The report also highlights other key issues, such as drug trafficking and cross-border organized crime, and conflict-prevention efforts through the tri-partite collaboration, involving the United Nations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU).

 

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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