Who of the Peacekeeping Effort in Liberia
Joaquim Chissano, Chair of the African
Alpha Oumar Konare, Chair of the Commission
of the African Union
Ibn Chambas, Executive Secretary of
Olusegun Obasanjo, Federal Republic
Secretary-General Jacques Paul Klein,
Special Representative of the Secretary-General
and Coordinator of United Nations Operations
Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, Special Representative
for West Africa
Walter H. Kansteiner III, U.S. Assistant
Secretary of State for African Affairs
Jendayi Frazier, Senior Director for
Africa, National Security Council
Involved in Peacekeeping Effort
1975, ECOWAS, Economic Community of West
African States, undertook the difficult
task of bringing economic and political
unity to West Africa. One of its major
goals was to bring together the economies
of the mostly small nations, hoping the
combined economic power would allow the
countries to compete better than any one
state could do on its own.
primary objective remains to "promote
co-operation and integration in order
to create an economic and monetary union
for encouraging economic growth and development
in West Africa," according to the
group's Web site. The group has taken
several steps to accomplish this, moving
to eliminate custom duties and similar
taxes, establish a common external tariff
and create a uniform monetary unit.
of ECOWAS include: Benin, Burkina Faso,
Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana,
Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali,
Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra
Leone and Togo.
African Regional block, has pledge an
ECOWAS-led multinational force of 3,500
troops to the Liberian Peace Keeping effort.
Ibn Chambas -
Executive Secretary of the West African
regional bloc ECOWAS. Dr Mohamed
Ibn Chambas, a lawyer and political scientist,
was born in Ghana on December 7, 1950.
Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast and Government
Secondary School, Tamale. He holds degrees
in Political Science from University of
Ghana, Legon, (B.A. 1973) and Cornell
University Ithaca, New York (M.A. 1977,
Ph D (1980). He has a law degree from
Western Reserve University, Cleveland,
Ohio. He was admitted to practice law
in Ghana and the State of Ohio.
- Ghanaian President and ECOWAS chairman.
John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor is 62.
to Oxford University where he studied
law, and earned a Masters degree in philosophy,
political science and economics.
Nigeria - 300 Nigerian soldiers
were the first wave of peacekeepers
to reach Liberia and they received a heroes'
welcome from residents of the Liberian
capital, Monrovia. Nigeria has committed
a total of 1,500 soldiers to the Liberian
peacekeepers flew aboard U.N. helicopters
and cargo planes to Roberts International
Airport, about 40 miles [64 kilometers]
outside Monrovia, to the glee of residents
who braved a driving rainstorm.
General Festus Okonkwo - The
Commander of ECOWAS Vanguard Force, and
troops from Nigeria
- 95 soldiers
Mike Owolabi, a Nigerian UN
Theophilus Tawiah -
of the West African peacekeeping force,
is from Ghana.
States pledged $10m to fund
the start of the peacekeeping operation
France promised to assist with
logistics and more troops.
United Nations UNMIL
Klein of the United States
- U.N. special envoy to Liberia -
In July 2003, United Nations Secretary-General
Kofi Annan announced the selection of
Jacques Paul Klein
as Special Representative of the Secretary-General
and Coordinator of United Nations Operations
in Liberia with the rank of Under-Secretary-General.
was a career member of the Senior Foreign
Service of the Department of State.
He received his undergraduate and graduate
degrees in history from Roosevelt University
in Chicago, Illinois and has done post-graduate
work in International Politics at the
Catholic University of America in Washington,
Jacques Klein was a Senior U.S. member
of Bosnia Peacekeeping Force.
UN Police Chief will lead
1,000 foreign police officers in support
of 15,000 peacekeepers enforcing a peace
deal in the new United Nations police
force. The former Portland police
chief says his greatest challenge will
be to ensure enough resources are available
to equip and train a new local force.
Mr. Kroeker, 59, told the BBC's Network
Africa that the UN was there to help build
up the capacity of Liberians to do things
tenure in Portland was sometimes been
rocky. Activists criticized police
handling of a May Day riot in downtown
Portland in 2000, when hundreds of demonstrators
clashed with nearly 100 officers, resulting
in 20 arrests and 22 complaints of excessive
General Daniel Ishmael Opande -
of Kenya, the former Force Commander of
the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL),
to head the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
18 August 1943. The 50 year old General
Opande, is a graduate of the British Army
Cadet School at Sandhurst, the British
Army Staff College and the United States
National Defence University, and a former
director of the of Kenya’s National Defence
Opande served as Deputy Force Commander
with the United Nations Transitional Assistance
Group in Namibia (UNTAG) in 1989-1990.
He represented Kenya on the Mozambican
peace process as a facilitator and negotiator
between the Mozambique National Resistance
(RENAMO) and the Government of Mozambique
from 1990 to 1993, and served as Chief
Military Officer of the United Nations
Observer Mission in Liberia from 1993
has about 4,500 troops out of its anticipated
strength of 15,000 in Liberia. Most of
these are deployed around Monrovia. The
force however expects to achieve its full
strength early next year.