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West Africa’s main regional bloc on Friday said it had agreed an undisclosed “D-Day” for a possible military intervention to restore democracy in Niger if diplomatic efforts fail, stressing that it would not hold endless dialogue with the defiant junta.
The comments came at the end of a two-day meeting of West African army chiefs in Ghana’s capital Accra, where they have been hashing out the logistics and strategy for a possible use of force in Niger.
The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has said such action would be a last resort. “We are ready to go anytime the order is given,” Ecowas Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Abdel-Fatau Musah said during the closing ceremony.
“The D-Day is also decided, which we are not going to disclose.” He said a peaceful resolution remained the bloc’s preferred option.
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WNU Editor: The junta in Niger is preparing itself for such an intervention …. Thousands of Niger junta supporters overwhelm call for civilian volunteers (Reuters). More here …. War unnecessary, but we’re ready to defend ourselves, Niger junta tells ECOWAS (PUNCH).
ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Agree On An Undisclosed ‘D-Day’ Date For Niger Military Intervention