ECOWAS parliament calls for international arrest warrants against terrorist groups

March 1, 2013

Africa, International

ECOWAS parliament calls for international arrest warrants against terrorist groups
The 42nd  Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) took place in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, on February  27 and 28, 2012 under the chairmanship of H.E. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and Chairman of the Authority.

By Augustine Aminu
Daily Times (Nigeria)

The ECOWAS Parliament has called on member-states to cooperate to effect the International Arrest Warrants against the leadership of terrorist groups in Mali.

This was part of the resolutions adopted at the close of the 2013 First Extraordinary Session of the Third Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja on Thursday.

Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, said that the move would serve as a deterrent to other terrorist groups.

“ECOWAS owes it to the peoples of this region and the interest of world peace and security to ensure these merchants of death are apprehended and justice must be served. We have urged the Heads of State and Government to urgently initiate processes that will bring these bandits before the Community Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. All human rights abuses in the aftermath of the military coups in Mali must be severely punished to serve as deterrent to others,” he said.

Ekweremadu said the parliament has also resolved to enhance the mobilization of resources to carter for the rising humanitarian needs in Mali.

He urged parliamentarians not to relent in their efforts at promoting good governance and ensuring the dividends of democracy in their various countries.

He said this would discourage the need for citizens to indulge in activities that threatened national and international security and development. Ekweremadu also commended the efforts of the Ad Hoc Committee on Political Crises and Security in Mali and Guinea Bissau.

The parliament also resolved to intensify efforts in the electoral process of Mali. The resolution required that the warrant be issued by the Attorney General of Mali. It said it would ensure that mechanisms are put in place for peaceful elections in the country. It also called on the international community not to relent in humanitarian efforts.

The parliament also resolved that the ECOWAS Commission should work towards transforming the ECOWAS Standby Force to a permanent intervention force.
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President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire elected Chairman of ECOWAS

President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire

PM News (Nigeria)

President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire was on Thursday elected by consensus as the Chairman of ECOWAS in the country’s political capital, Yamoussoukro.

Sixteen heads of states attended the 42nd Ordinary Meeting.

The 16 heads of states at the meeting were: President Goodluck Jonathan (Nigéria); Dicounda Traoré (Mali); Macky Sall (Senegal); Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone); Faure Gnassingbé (Togo) and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Libéria).

Others are Alpha Condé (Guinée); Blaise Compaoré (Burkina Faso); Issoufou Mahamadou (Niger); Yaya Jameh (Gambia); Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo (Guinéa Bissau) and John Dramani Mahama (Ghana) .

The summit was also attended by host President, Alassane Ouattara (Côte d’Ivoire); Président Idriss Déby Itno (Chad); Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi) and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Mauritania).

The Republic of Benin and Cape Verde were represented by their prime ministers. (NAN)

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ECOWAS

The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of 15 countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in “all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters.

The ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development, more often called The Fund are its two main institutions designed to implement policies, pursue a number of programmes and carry out development projects in Member States. Such projects include intra-community road construction and telecommunications; and agricultural, energy and water resources development.

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