May 1, 2005 |
The visiting chairman of the Economic Community of West African States appealed for calm in Togo, urging the volatile nation's leaders to form a unity government. At least 22 people were killed nationwide this week and about 100 were wounded in fighting that erupted after the disputed April 24 election, the government and the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Opposition claims that 100 people were killed could not be independently verified. The U.N.
June 19, 2004 |
West African defense chiefs agreed to create a 6,500-strong multinational force to respond to "crisis and threats to peace" in the region. The core of the force will consist of 1,500 "highly trained and equipped" rapid-response troops and 3,500 backups. The remaining soldiers will form a reserve, the Economic Community of West African States said in a statement released after a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. It was unclear when the force would come into being.
August 24, 1990 |
Ships carrying a West African peacekeeping force with orders to end Liberia's civil war arrived today off the capital, Monrovia, but rebels said they would fight it. The fleet of four warships and a cargo vessel did not attempt to land its 3,000 soldiers but tried in vain to raise port authorities on the radio, diplomats in contact with their embassies in Monrovia said. The ships carrying troops from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Gambia and Ghana made radio contact with the U.S.
August 21, 1990 |
A West African task force to halt the fighting in Liberia boarded warships today, and diplomats said the hundreds of soldiers were ready to sail for the besieged capital of Monrovia. Soldiers, tanks and other weapons boarded the ships after rebel leader Charles Taylor refused to go to a meeting he had earlier agreed to attend to discuss a cease-fire with Gambian leader Sir Dawda Jawara. Jawara is current chairman of the Economic Community of West African States.
October 18, 2009 |
West African leaders said Saturday that they are imposing an arms embargo on Guinea over the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators by soldiers and will try to stop Guinea's military ruler from running in January's presidential election. Regional leaders attended an emergency meeting Saturday of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, and said at a news conference afterward that they would step up pressure on members of the military government, which took power in a coup in December, not to seek office.
August 27, 1990 |
Rebels fighting a five-nation West African peacekeeping force in Liberia have called for a summit of all 16 regional heads of state to end the civil war there, Togolese officials said Sunday. Tom Woewiyu, spokesman for the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, urged Togo President Gnassingbe Eyadema to back the call for a meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), they said.