ECOWAS has agreed to create a regional force to intervene against security threats in West Africa.


Omar Alieu Touray, president of the ECOWAS Commission, said the regional leaders’ decision is hinged on the need for intervention in the area of security, terrorism and restoring constitutional order in member
countries.


Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso have all been hit by military coups in the last two years.


Several countries in the region are also suffering from the spread of terrorism, including Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, and southwards to the Gulf of Guinea.


National armies, largely powerless against terrorists’ forces operating across borders have been cooperating with external actors such as the UN, France and Russia.


But Touray said this decision would restructure the region’s security architecture.