Ecowas threatens Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso are deploying aircrafts

Niger : Le Mali et le Burkina Faso déploient des avions de combat pour contrer la CEDEAO

Aug 20, 2023

Le Mali et le Burkina Faso « traduisent acte concret leurs engagements contenus dans leur communiqué conjoint » et ont « déployé des avions de combat et des hélicoptères pour répondre à toute forme d’agression contre le Niger », informe la RTN – Télévision d’État nigérienne à travers un reportage diffusé ce vendredi 18 août 2023.

Les deux pays ont décidé de « mutualiser leurs forces » à travers le « déploiement de vecteurs aériens ».

De plus, des officiers d’état-major du Mali et du Burkina Faso se sont réunis à Niamey. Un plan de riposte a été élaboré pour faire face à l’éventuelle intervention militaire de la CEDEAO.

Cette décision intervient au moment où la CEDEAO annonçait que la date d’intervention serait connue.

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ECOWAS defence chiefs agree ‘D-day’ for Niger military intervention

Aug 18, 2023

West Africa’s main bloc has agreed on a “D-day” for possible military intervention to restore democracy in Niger after generals toppled and detained President Mohamed Bazoum last month.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on Friday to activate a standby force as a last resort if diplomatic efforts fail, a senior official said without disclosing when that is.

“We are ready to go any time the order is given,” ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Abdel-Fatau Musah said during the closing ceremony of a two-day meeting of West African army chiefs in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

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“The D-day is also decided. We’ve already agreed and fine-tuned what will be required for the intervention,” he said, emphasising that ECOWAS was still seeking to engage peacefully with Niger’s military leaders.

“As we speak, we are still readying [a] mediation mission into the country, so we have not shut any door.”

The defence chiefs met to fine-tune details of the potential military operation to restore Bazoum if ongoing negotiations with the coup leaders fail.

“Let no one be in doubt that if everything else fails, the valiant forces of West Africa, both the military and the civilian components, are ready to answer to the call of duty,” Musah said.

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