The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) does not need the United Nations (UN) permission to deploy troops inNiger, its commissioner for peace and security Abdel-Fatau Musah said at the second post-coup meeting of the chiefs of staff in the Ghanaian capital Accra, Anadolu Agency reported.
Abdel-Fatau Musah, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of ECOWAS, in his speech at the opening of the meeting, said that ECOWAS will use all the means at its disposal to restore the constitutional order in Niger. He also stated that the junta in Niger is making fun of ECOWAS.
"The fact of the matter is that the military authorities in Niger remain defiant, despite the efforts of the authority to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, as we all desire. They seem to emulate the coup plotters in Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali," Musah said.
Musah added that all ECOWAS members in the region, except those under military rule and Cape Verde, are ready to join the reserve forces.
He also stated that they do not need United Nations (UN) authorization to deploy troops in Niger.
Abdel-Fatau Musah said that ECOWAS was facing an asymmetrical conflict situation in West Africa, which could be called terrorism, and that Chapter 7 of the UN Charter does not even allow for the fight against terrorism.
"ECOWAS does not need the UN's approval to deploy troops in Niger," Musah said, recalling that ECOWAS had previously deployed troops in Liberia or Sierra Leone, only informing the UN and the African Union.
In Niger, President Mohamed Bazoum was detained by elements of the Presidential Guard Regiment on July 26, and the military announced its seizure of power that evening.
On July 28, General Abdourrahmane (Omar) Tchiani, the commander of the Presidential Guard Regiment, assumed leadership of the junta, the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), and became the head of the transitional government.
Source: Ihlas News Agency