The military in Niger accused UN Secretary General Guterres of colluding with France

Photo: © Getty Images/ORTN/Anadolu Agency

The military in Niger accused UN Secretary General Guterres of colluding with France

Photo: © Getty Images/ORTN/Anadolu Agency

The official representative of Niger’s military transitional government, Amadou Abdraman, accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of colluding with the French authorities.

In his opinion, in this way Guterres prevented Niger from participating in the 78th UN General Assembly.

The UN Secretary-General, with the connivance of France and the francophone heads of state of ECOWAS, failed to fulfill his mission“, Abdraman said on the TV channel RTN.

The Niger military condemned Guterres’ decision to revoke the accreditation of the country’s permanent representative to the organization. They called this act interference in the internal affairs of the state.

On July 25, military personnel of the presidential guard blocked the palace of the head of the republic in Niamey, where Mohamed Bazoum was located. On July 27, the Niger military went on national television to announce the overthrow of the president.

Russia condemned the overthrow of elected President Bazoum. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for the restoration of constitutional order in the state. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that Europe does not recognize the change of power in Niger as a result of the rebellion.

On July 31, Niger residents rallied at the French Embassy. The protesters chanted anti-French slogans and demanded the closure of foreign military bases located in Niger. France began evacuating its citizens from Niger on August 1. The European Union later announced the evacuation of citizens. On August 3, the central body of the rebels, the National Council for the Defense of the Fatherland, announced the termination of the powers of the republic’s ambassadors to Nigeria, the USA, Togo and France.

On August 4, Reuters reported that the states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had agreed on a plan for possible intervention in Niger. This possibility was criticized by a number of countries, including Algeria and Chad. The Russian Foreign Ministry also called interference in Niger’s affairs counterproductive. On August 18, ECOWAS announced that it was ready for a military invasion in order to restore the constitutional order in Niger and even set a start date. Rebel leader Abdurahman Tchiani stressed that Niger does not want war, but is ready for it. In addition, Niger’s armed forces have deployed personnel to state borders to repel attacks from neighbors.

Source: Ren


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