The New Dawn (Monrovia)

9 November 2012

West Africa: Ngafuan Heads Ecowas Delegation to Abuja

Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan is in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to represent H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at an Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government to be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Minister Ngafuan will join attending Heads of State and Government for crucial deliberations on the political and military situations in Mali and Guinea Bissau.

The Heads of State Summit follows recent UN Security Council Resolution 2071 of 12 October, and the Communiqué of the 339th meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) of 24 October, mandating urgent political actions by the UN Secretary General, ECOWAS and the AU towards a full resolution of the crises in Mali and Guinea Bissau.

In advance of Sunday's meeting, the Liberian Foreign Minister, together with senior officials of the Ministry of Defense, will also participate in a meeting of ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense during an Extraordinary Session of the Mediation and Security Council scheduled for 9 November.

ECOWAS Foreign and Defense Ministers will focus their deliberations on reports of the Committee of Chiefs of Defense Staff, relative to the operational concept for the swift deployment of an ECOWAS stabilization force in Mali in light of UN Security Council Resolution 2071.

It can be recalled that in March of this year, Tuareg rebels and allied jihadist groups seized control and have since occupied Northern Mali following a brief military coup in the capital, Bamako.

The high level Liberian delegation also includes Deputy Defense Minister for Operations Hon. St. Jerome Larbelee and the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Afro-Asian Affairs, Hon. Thomas Kaydor.

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