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Vol 38 No 23

Published 21st November 1997

Pax Nigeriana

Seven years of regional policing in Liberia and Sierra Leone is under scrutiny

Crisis-by-crisis, month-by-month the Nigerian-dominated West African Peacekeeping Force (Ecomog) is becoming a sub-regional police force. Together with its parent organisation, the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), it has drawn up peace agreements, monitored disarmament programmes and organised elections in Liberia and Sierra Leone. It should be the model of the new orthodoxy of regional security: African solutions for African problems. It pioneered the regional approach long before South Africa joined the Southern African Development Community's security system.

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