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ECOWAS Clarifies Intentions Amidst Coup Fallout: No Plan to Invade Niger Republic

ByWeb Manager

Aug 26, 2023

In response to rising concerns following a military coup in Niger Republic, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) asserted that it harbors no intentions of invading the country. Omar Alieu Touray, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, addressed these worries during a press conference in Abuja, seeking to quell rumors about the regional organization’s purported military intervention plans.

President Touray was unequivocal in his statement, declaring, “Let me state unequivocally that ECOWAS has neither declared war on the people of Niger nor is there a plan, as it is being purported, to ‘invade’ the country.” Instead, he clarified that ECOWAS had initiated a comprehensive application of sanctions, including the potential use of legitimate force, to restore constitutional order in Niger.

Addressing misinformation and misrepresentation, Touray pointed out that certain elements had distorted ECOWAS’ decisions and actions. He refuted claims that the regional organization was influenced by external forces, asserting ECOWAS’ autonomy and dedication to its established principles, regulations, and values that have evolved over its nearly five-decade existence.

Touray emphasized ECOWAS’ commitment to safeguarding the rights of its people and the pursuit of a rules-based community, fostering peace and prosperity throughout the region. He underscored that diplomatic avenues were explored while keeping a watchful eye on the intentions of the Niger junta.

While some members of the junta initially disregarded diplomatic overtures, Touray noted that they had shown signs of cooperation before deviating onto a perilous path. This path included the formation of a government and a transition timeline that ECOWAS deemed unacceptable.

The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government’s primary objective is to facilitate the peaceful reinstatement of civilian rule in Niger without undue delay. In pursuit of this goal, ECOWAS is committed to employing all available instruments to achieve a peaceful resolution.

As the situation unfolds, President Touray’s statements aim to provide clarity and assurance, demonstrating ECOWAS’ unwavering commitment to regional stability and adherence to its established principles.

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