Promoting Regional Cooperation to Advance Democratic Governance, Economic Development, and Security in West Africa

Jul 23, 2003

Remarks at the Closing of the West Africa Ministerial Symposium Hosted by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Dakar, Senegal

“I find in ECOWAS… a passionate commitment not only to mitigate the worst conditions arising from the crisis, and to appeal for international assistance, but to chart a path – a realistic path – that accords priority to fundamental goods of political legitimacy embodied in democracy, social development built on a culture of human rights, economic progress gained with a sophisticated understanding of the relationship of corruption and instability to poverty, and the importance of justice in achieving a peaceful society.”

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