Warta Indonesia – Authorities in Ouagadougou and Bamako have issued a joint statement warning that any military intervention in Niger to restore the elected President Mohamed Bazoum, who was ousted in a coup, will be considered a “declaration of war on Burkina Faso and Mali.”
The joint statement, released by the authorities resulting from coups in both countries, included a warning that “any military intervention against Niger will lead Burkina Faso and Mali to withdraw from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and adopt measures to legitimately support the armed forces and people in Niger.”
The authorities cautioned against the “disastrous consequences of military intervention in Niger that would destabilize the entire region.”
They also expressed their “rejection of the implementation” of what they described as “illegal, illegitimate, and inhumane sanctions against the Nigerien people and authorities” agreed upon in Abuja.
On Sunday, ECOWAS leaders set a one-week deadline for a “full return to constitutional order” in Niger, with a warning that they will not rule out “resorting to force” if there is no compliance.
Additionally, the regional organization decided to “suspend all trade and financial exchanges” between member states and Niger.
Other financial sanctions were imposed, including the “freezing of assets of military officials involved in the coup attempt.”
In a separate statement, the authorities in Guinea, which emerged from a coup, announced their “disagreement with the sanctions imposed by ECOWAS, including military intervention,” and emphasized that they have “decided not to implement these sanctions, which they consider illegitimate and inhumane,” calling on Conakry to reconsider its position.
The divergence in positions within ECOWAS and its reflection on the African response to the Nigerien coup was discussed by Abker Idriss Hassan, the editor-in-chief of the online newspaper Chari Info, in an interview with Sky News Arabia.
Undoubtedly, this division and divergence of views among the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) indicate a lack of unity and vision regarding the coup in Niger. Mali and Burkina Faso have declared their rejection of military intervention in Niger, which is a positive point for the military authorities in Mali, who are currently in power.
This coup undermines international efforts, exacerbates the situation, and adds fuel to the fire, allowing terrorist groups to regain activity in the region. Given this regional conflict, the United States has threatened with sanctions and not supporting Niamey.
Certainly, the United States and France cannot remain idle, but after the warning or threat by Mali and Burkina Faso, this issue has not yet materialized.
The coup leaders in Niger have set their sights on gaining control of the state, in preparation for what is called counterterrorism. These new leaders are not interested in counterterrorism as the previous rulers were, and therefore, all these countries are now turning toward Moscow, and Russia wants to embrace them.
The efforts of the authorities in these countries are focused on stabilizing their region and securing their internal affairs with opposition entities to their rule.
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