ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff to meet in Freetown
Adoption of the structure of the Main Brigade will facilitate West Africa’s preparation for complying with the 2010 African Union deadline for the operationalization of the standby forces arrangement for Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) under the AU security architecture.
During the meeting, the Defence Chiefs will also be briefed on the AU Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) concept which was fine-tuned at a recent meeting of the RECs organized by the AU Commission in Abuja.
The Chiefs of Defence Staff are also to consider a report on the establishment of the Committee of Chiefs of Security Services (CCSS). The CCSS, which inaugural meetings were held in the first week of November 2009 in Abuja, was set up to boost on-going efforts at promoting regional stability.
Furthermore, they will be briefed by the Force Commanders of the United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) – the two peacekeeping missions in West Africa – on developments in their areas.
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