Liberia: ECOWAS military mission leaves Monrovia
Comprising officers from Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Togo and Benin, the mission was led by Nigerian General Festus Okonkwo, commander in chief of the ECOWAS peacekeeping force in Liberia and it was mandated to examine conditions on the ground before deploying West African troops on Monday.
The decision to send troops on Monday to Liberia was taken in Accra on Thursday by a conference of heads of state from the region.
The mission left behind two officers in charge of planning. Before departure, the mission had time to inspect airport facilities where the operational headquarters of ECOWAS forces will be based.
Informed sources said that the ECOWAS troops might arrive in Monrovia by Sunday night.
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