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ECOMILEcowas Mission in Liberia
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ECOMIL. ECOMIL was commanded by a Nigerian General, Festus Okonkwo
ECOMIL. The belligerents and 18 political parties signed the
The vanguard of Nigerian forces began arriving in Liberia the first week of August, and ECOMIL soon reached its prescribed strength of 3,600.
The ECOMIL operation continued until 1 October 2003, at which point most of its forces were "blue-hatted" and subsumed within a follow-on UN mission (UNMIL).
As a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), The Gambia has played an active role in that organization's efforts to resolve the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone and contributed troops to the community's ceasefire monitoring group (ECOMOG) in 1990 and (ECOMIL) in 2003.
The internationalization of the conflict in terms of peacekeepers from the Economic Community of West African States' Monitoring Group (ECOMIL), the extension of the conflict into Sierra Leone, the participation of government and insurgent groups in Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, and Burkina Faso that sided with various Liberian factions and Charles Taylor produced tragic consequences for women and girls as the result of gender-based physical and sexual violence.
Finally, the conflicts were more convoluted due to how they were internationalized--the extension of the Liberian civil war into Sierra Leone, along with the involvement of Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Libya, and the activities of ECOMIL. In the case of Uganda, the relationship between the Sudanese government and the LRA, and assistance provided to the SPLA by the Ugandan and United States' governments precluded the Ugandan government and the LRA from agreeing to peace.
Col Onwuama Egbu Emek a of the Ecomil Nigerian peace keeping troop is carried aloft by a jubilant crowd crying ``peaceat last'' in Robertsfield airport near Monrovia Picture: BEN CURTIS
This move paved the way for the deployment by ECOWAS of what became a 3,600-strong peacekeeping mission in Liberia (ECOMIL).
Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) off the coast of Liberia to provide assistance to the ECOWAS mission in Liberia (ECOMIL) through Joint Task Force Liberia, under the command of EUCOM.
UNMIL was preceded by the U.S.-assisted deployment in August 2003 of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) military intervention force, the ECOWAS Mission in Liberia (ECOMIL).