ECOWAS leaders have vowed to tackle the issue of terrorism

ECOWAS leaders have vowed to tackle the issue of terrorism headlong.

They made the commitment during the 66th session of Heads of states and government of West African states on Mali and Guinea Bissau in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivore

According to a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting on Thursday, ECOWAS leaders endorsed the Counter-Terrorism Strategy and Implementation Plan as well as the Political Declaration on a Common Position against Terrorism.

On the Security and Political Situation in Mali, the ECOWAS authority strongly condemned the on-going suicide bombings and guerilla attacks by terrorist and extremist groups in the north of Mali.

It also urged the allied forces to take all necessary steps within the framework of the counter-insurgency operation to neutralize them and ensure the prosecution of collaborators.

Meanwhile, ECOWAS leaders at the meeting endorsed the revised Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for African Forces in Mali and urged both the political leadership and Commanders of the allied forces to ensure improved coordination among themselves for a harmonious and effective operation.

They also endorsed the recommendations of the meeting of the Chiefs of Defence Staff regarding the urgent and other identified needs of AFISMA.

In this regard, the leaders directs the ECOWAS Commission, in close collaboration with the AU Commission, to ensure that these needs are met without further delay, in particular the deployment of troops and the provision of additional logistics.

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