ECOWAS army chiefs to meet in Ghana amid Niger intervention plans

ECOWAS army chiefs to meet in Ghana amid Niger intervention plans

Army chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are set to convene in Accra this week, as reported by the BBC.

The purpose of the meeting is to deliberate on potential actions in response to the recent coup led by a junta in Niger.

In their prior gathering two weeks ago in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, discussions centered around diplomatic approaches to address the junta issue, while keeping the military option as a possible recourse.

The planned meeting of the army chiefs had been delayed earlier due to technical reasons.

Notably, there is significant opposition to the idea of a military intervention in Niger, particularly in northern Nigeria and within Ghana’s political sphere.

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Recent developments indicated a prospect for a diplomatic resolution to the Niger crisis. This came after Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani, the head of the junta, engaged in talks with influential Islamic clerics from Nigeria over the weekend, according to the BBC.

The junta announced its intention to charge democratically-elected President Mohamed Bazoum with treason, alleging sufficient evidence for prosecution. This move has garnered condemnation from both ECOWAS and the United Nations.

In relation to the situation in Niger, the head of Mali’s interim military government disclosed a phone conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Putin reportedly emphasized the necessity of a peaceful resolution in Niger to ensure greater stability in the Sahel region.

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