West African Defense Chiefs Meet On Mali

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West Africa’s defence chiefs will be meeting in Abidjan to finalize the road map for the deployment of ECOWAS Mission in Mali (MICEMA).

The two-day meeting of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) comes in the wake of the invitation to ECOWAS by the Government of Mali for the deployment of MICEMA.

A sub-committee of the CCDS met with Mali’s military in mid-August 2012 in order to ensure the convergence of views with ECOWAS on the first phase of the MICEMA mission, which is to provide security for the authorities and transition institutions.

Ministers in charge of Security in ECOWAS member states are to also meet on Saturday in Abidjan, to review the security situation and make recommendations for crime control and ensure security in the region.

The 9th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers will be preceded by the 13th Annual General Assembly of the West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) on Thursday, and the Meeting of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Security Services (CCSS), on Friday.

Kicking off the gatherings at a time of heightened security challenges in the region, will be the 8th Annual Meeting of the West Africa National Central Bureau of INTERPOL on Wednesday which is expected to take place at the Ivorian capital.

The ministerial forum will consider and adopt the reports of the WAPCCO and CCSS meetings.