ECOWAS Commission President at the UN
ECOWAS Commission President Alain Marcel de Souza met with the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, in New York on 26 September. Their meeting focused on the security situation in West Africa, notably the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, on-going tensions in Togo and the unstable situation in northern Mali. “We must work towards achieving peace in Mali,” declared the ECOWAS Commission president. Guterres and de Souza commended the G5-Sahel initiative and acknowledged the benefits of joining together community forces in order to establish peace in Mali and the Sahel region. They also discussed the UN’s support in improving regional health conditions and the modalities for the transfer of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) radio to ECOWAS.