Peter Stano, spokesman for the European Commission, says: “One thing is certain, there will be no positive consequences if this military coup is allowed to continue and be established as fact on the ground.”
The absence of mediation with the West and the threat of military intervention by West African countries sow uncertainty in Niger. The Nigerian putschists, who ousted the president and seized power on July 26, are ignoring warnings from the Economic Community of West African States and have appointed a new prime minister, former finance minister Ali Mahaman. Lamine Zeine.
The European Union has suspended all the collaboration it carried out with Niger, both financial and civil and security cooperation. And although both the 27 advocate resolving the conflict through mediation, he assures that he will support ECOWAS’s decision after the meeting this Thursday in Nigeria.
Peter Stano, spokesman for the European Commission, says: “One thing is certain, there will be no positive consequences if this military coup is allowed to continue and be established as a fact on the ground. (…) We continue to believe that there is a space , there is a space for mediation efforts. (…) ECOWAS is the main actor, the main regional actor in this. What ECOWAS decides, then it will be implemented”.
The Niger coup leaders refused to receive a negotiating mission from the United Nations, ECOWAS and the African Union on Tuesday, citing security reasons.
The idea of militarily intervening in Niger has divided the ECOWAS countries. The organization says that mediation is the best way to find a solution, while Mali and Burkina Faso say that an attack on Niger would be “a declaration of war” for them.
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