The Economic Community of West African States is preparing for the possible use of force in Niger

The leaders of the Economic Community of States West Africa (Cedeao) met in one this Thursday extraordinary summit after the July 26 coup in Niger. have ordered “activate” the “reserve power”.” of the block for a possible intervention “Restoration of Constitutional Order” in the country.

The president of the country bloc commission, Omar Alieu Touray, in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, “confirmed this Activation of the ECOWAS reserve force with all its elements and commitment to restore constitutional order in the Republic of Niger.

However, he advocated continuing to focus on dialogue even after weeks of tension, so that this “Restoring constitutional order by peaceful means“.

The Presidents of Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, and the foreign ministers of Gambia, Liberia and Cape Verde. Likewise the presidents of Burundi and Mauritania and representatives of African Union and the United NationsInstitutions that ECOWAS has called on to “support” their “efforts” to restore the situation.

Touray regretted at the summit that “all ECOWAS diplomatic efforts to resolve[the Niger crisis]” were defiantly rejected by military leaders.”“We must engage all parties, including the leaders of the coup, in serious talks to persuade them to step down from power and reinstate President (Mohamed) Bazoum,” he added.

The religious leaders’ visit coincided with a relative weakening of the ECOWAS position, which, however, The possible use of force remains on the tablehas begun to advocate dialogue more and more clearly in recent days.

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