Fifteen Chiefs of Defense Staff and other protocol officers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be meeting at the Boulevard Palace Hotel in Monrovia from the sixth to the eighth of September for the 37th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the weekly Government press briefing at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Major General G. Daniel Dee Ziankahn Jr., said that the meeting will be climaxed by the turning over of the Chairmanship to the Chief of Defense Staff of Togo, as the President of Togo is now the new Chairman of ECOWAS General Ziankahn Jr. said that regional security briefings and strategies are going to be discussed as already they are trying to map out plans to tackle regional crisis like the Boko Haram of Nigeria and that of Mali. Other imminent issue to be discussed will be that of the Maritime Security which is key in maintaining the peace and security of the sub-region. General Ziankahn mentioned the success made by Liberian soldiers sent on ECOWAS missions in countries like Gambia where they went to restore democracy, Guinea Bissau and Mali where the ALF recently suffered some casualties from the Islamic militants. He also mentioned the part played by the AFL in the mudslide disaster in neighboring Sierra Leone; where the military went with medical aids, relief items and other logistics needed. General Ziankahn informed that Boulevard Palace along Sinkor, will be under full security as the visiting CDC’s will be permitted to carry their own securities and guns, but however encouraged the public not to panic as everything is under control. Meanwhile General Ziankahn informed that due to the upcoming general elections, the AFL will not be taking part in this year’s ECOWAS mission as they will be involved in the security process.