A delegation representing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has arrived in Niger in a final attempt to peacefully address the standoff with the leaders of the coup in the country.
The regional bloc’s delegation reached Niger on Saturday.
The coup leaders, who ousted the legally recognized leader, President Mohamed Bazoum, on July 26, have detained him and other family members since the incident.
According to Euronews, representatives from the West African regional bloc have arrived in the capital city of Niamey. They are collaborating with the United Nations Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Leonardo Santos Simao, who arrived on Friday. Together, they are working towards finding a solution to the ongoing crisis.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated on Friday that Simao intends to engage with the junta and other concerned parties in order to facilitate a swift and peaceful resolution to Niger’s crisis. Dujarric emphasized the desired outcome: a return to constitutional order, the release of the president and his family, and the restoration of their legitimate authority.
Furthermore, on Friday, ECOWAS’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Abdel-Fatau Musah, revealed that 11 out of the bloc’s 15 member states had agreed to commit troops for a potential military intervention. He stated that these member states were fully prepared to deploy troops whenever the order was given.
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