H.E. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo,
H.E. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo,
H.E. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo,
H.E. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo,

The 32nd Ordinary Meeting of ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council was held in Accra, Ghana, with a call on Member States to ensure collective efforts in curbing terrorism, tension and conflicts in the sub-region.

The Ghanaian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Hannah Serwah Tetteh , said in her opening remarks that, maintaining peace and security in the region is a collective task and that the earlier members states cooperate with each other in all matters of security, particularly in the intelligence and information gathering arena, the better it would be for all.

She said,?conflicts and instability have negative effects on the socio-economic and political development of countries adding that political instability breeds economic disruptions, collapsed public infrastructures, pervasive poverty and poor life expectancy.

She further mentioned that political instability leads to the attrition of state governing institutions, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, hopelessness, human right abuses, human and drug trafficking amongst others.

Hon.?Hannah Tetteh expressed worry at recent security situations in northern Mali and Boko Haram?s activities in Nigeria , she said are threatening to derail the democratic gains in those countries. These she added, calls for a re-look at the West African security architecture, saying that, “we need to place equal, if not more, emphasis on efforts at identifying threats to regional and national peace and security and nipping them in the bud.?

She also commended the ECOWAS Commission, particularly the Early Warning Directorates efforts to provide guidance for the establishment and operationalisation of Early Warning and Early Response Systems in Member States.

She?entreated the Mediation and Security Council, to tae critical look at the draft policy framework for the establishment of the National Early Warning Mechanisms [NEWMs] to be presented at the gathering, in order to make informed recommendations to the West African Heads of States and Government who are scheduled to convey in Accra on 10th and 11th July 2014.

Madam Hannah Tetteh, who doubles as the Chairperson for the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council, further urged the West African security services to take advantage of the information to be provided by the National Early Warning and Response Systems and to find solutions to threats that could lead to disastrous consequences.

On his part,?Presdent of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, explained that the NEWMs emanated from the desire to prevent structural and operational causes of conflicts in Member States through the proactive actions of national institutions, working in close concert with the civil society.

He said, the ECOWAS Commission commissioned a pilot study in 2011 on the Mechanisms in Niger, Ghana and Nigeria to examine the strengths and weaknesses as well as opportunities and threats of existing mechanisms in order to inform policy recommendations towards instituting a harmonized and coordinated national approach to the early warning and response mechanisms with linkages with regional mechanisms.

H.E. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo pledged the Commission?s commitment to support Member States in addressing recent security challenges in the region, especially in relations to the activities of terrorist and pirates.

He?appreciated the commitment shown by Member States in ensuring peace and stability in West Africa which has contributed significantly to the restoration of democracy in the region.

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