The 33rd session of the ECOWAS’ Mediation and Security Council (MSC) Meeting at the Ambassadorial level held virtually on12th January, 2021. The Ambassadors deliberated on matters bordering on peace, security and stability in the ECOWAS region.
Addressing participants at the opening of the meeting, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, General Francis Behanzin, (Rtd) re-iterated his confidence in the commitment of the ECOWAS Ambassadors and urged them to make informed recommendations that would contribute to sustainable peace and stability in the region.
Also exhorting the Ambassadors, the Chair of session, Mrs Iva Denoo, Chargee D’Affaires of Ghana High Commission to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, expressed hope that the region would deepen its growing democracy with the peaceful organization of upcoming elections in Benin, Cape Verde and the Gambia later this year.
During the meeting, Dr. Aderemi Ajibewa, Director of Political Affairs, ECOWAS Commission presented the Memorandum on the Political Situation in the region and Dr. Cyriaque Agnekenthom, Director, PeaceKeeping and Regional Security delivered the Memorandun on the Security Situation in the Region.
The Ambassadors also deliberated on the updates on the status of the implementation of the National Early Warning and Response Mechanisms (NEWRMs) as well as the Humanitarian Situation in the region. There were also discussions and consideration of the draft agenda and Work Programme of the 45th MSC at the Ministerial level.
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