ECOWAS and the ambassadors of the member states are planning a path to regional stability, peace and security. Intensified cooperation was reinforced at a thematic briefing with the Ambassadors of the Member States, held on 10 May in Abuja, Nigeria.

Speaking on the topic of the session: 2022 Perspectives of security against the background of military invasion of politics and borders of the ECOWAS Peace and Security Mechanisms, ECOVAS Vice-President Madame Finda Koroma reaffirmed the ECOWAS Commission’s commitment to peace and security, noting that existing mechanisms for them will continue to be strengthened to respond to regional dynamics.

She commended the Commission’s partners for their consistent efforts to ensure peace and stability in the face of the recent resurgence of military coups in the region, and assured that ECOWAS would continue to promote an atmosphere conducive to harmony and integration as part of its mandate.

In his introductory remarks, the Commissioner of the ECOWAS Commission for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, General Francis Behanzin, introduced by the Director for Political Affairs, Dr. Aderemi Ajibeva, noted that the briefing provided an opportunity to analyze various security threats and the current recurrence of regional democracy. are coups in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, and an attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau in six months.

The cases he added “require a retrospective examination of the events that led to the coups, an assessment of the ECOWAS response and the development of a strategy that will not only return the above-mentioned member states to democratic governance but also prevent future coups in the region.”

Presenting the regional perspective of peace and security for 2022, the Executive Director of the West African Peacebuilding Network (WANEP), Dr. Chukwuemeka Ez, stressed the need to focus intervention on conflict and instability. He established a link between democracy and governance, organized crime and violent extremism, gender peace and security and environmental security.

The briefing, which was also attended by the African Union, the ECOWAS Ambassadors to Ethiopia, the ambassadors was attended by the Nigerian Defense College (NDC) and ECOWAS officials from relevant directorates, who further emphasized the links between governance and security and the need for greater involvement. inclusive youth, women, peace and security among others.

The meeting closed with all the benefits of discussions, questions and comments, when the Deputy Head of Mission / High Commissioner to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Edison Agbenega, who chaired the session, instructed the authorities in the region to continue to respond to peace and security. challenges in the region, more decisively to avoid a recurrence of military invasions and related instability.

The thematic session was also supported by partners, including WANEP, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the European Union, through the Peace and Security Architecture and Operation Project (EPSAO) ECOWAS.

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