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ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff to meet in Freetown

ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff to meet in Freetown

ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff will hold their last quarterly meeting for 2009 from 9th to 11th December in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone to consider issues relating to the structure of the ECOWAS Standby Force Main Brigade (ESF MB).  (Chief of Defence Staff of Sierra Leone Major General AC General Claude Nelson Williams and Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff AC Marshall Paul Dike)

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.

In addition, they will consider a presentation on the outcome of workshops on the reimbursement modalities for the 6, 500-strong ECOWAS Standby Force as well as the civilian dimension in Peace Support Operations (PSOs).  Moreover, they will consider issues surrounding the framework agreed by ECOWAS and Save the Children Sweden on the promotion of child protection in the region.
Some of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff

Some of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff

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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