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alt COURT PRESIDENT PARTICIPATES IN REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE SECURITY SITUATION IN THE SAHEL AND WEST AFRICA.

The President of the Court, Honorable Justice Jerome Traore participated in a three-day conference in Bamako focused on the Security Situation in the Sahel and West Africa and jointly organised by the African Union and United Nations.


The purpose of the conference, which opened on 12th October 2017, was to enable the participants conduct a comprehensive assessment of the security situation in the Sahel and West Africa in order to identify the most appropriate mechanisms for intervention and ensure the optimal disruption of the activities of criminal organisations in the Sahelo-Sahelian space and their expansion in West Africa.

Such a mechanism would help preserve the territorial integrity and peace in the concerned countries and guarantee social development for the benefit of the people

The two-phased conference included a meeting of experts of ECOWAS Member States, followed by that of Ministers.

The experts analyzed  the threats and criminal groups in the Sahelo-Saharan region and in West Africa;  strategies and mechanisms to combat terrorism and cross-border crime in the Sahel and West Africa and measures for realizing an integrated regional strategy of coordinated fight against terrorist and extremist groups, transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and human trafficking.

They also discussed and finalized the draft "Bamako Declaration" on the integrated regional strategy for combating security threats in the Sahelo-Sahelian region of West Africa.

The Ministers meeting, which considered and adopted the declaration, was held on 14 October.