Curtain comes down for the Ecowas force in Guinea Bissau

ECOWAS troops who were stationed in Guinea Bissau since April 2012 to maintain stability will depart from the country next year, the chairperson of the ECOWAS commission, Alain de Souza has said after holding talks with Guinea Bissau’s Prime Minister Baciro Adi.

The West African body sites cost and repeated requests from member states as a major reason for the withdrawal.

ECOWAS forces have been influential in maintaining political transition in Guinea

Bissau, placing emphasis on the protection of the country’s population and public buildings.

Major Ryan R. Gutzwiller, commander, Coalition Landing Forces Western Africa Training Cruise, meets with Major General Kaba.

Major Ryan R. Gutzwiller, commander, Coalition Landing Forces Western Africa Training Cruise, meets with Major General Kaba

To ensure that the departure does not create any void, Guinean forces will be trained to take over while the withdrawal goes on gradually.

The sub regional force in Guinea Bissau known as Ecomib, is made up of 550 men from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Niger.

We hope the transition will be smooth and peaceful.

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