In a stark warning, the United States has cautioned the Nigerien military junta that it might be compelled to engage its military forces if the country’s current rulers fail to reinstate constitutional governance. This caution was conveyed by Victoria Nuland, the US acting Deputy Secretary, during a special briefing on Niger conducted through a teleconference on Tuesday.
Addressing the evolving governance landscape in Niger, Nuland stated, “There is ongoing uncertainty from various angles regarding the trajectory of governance in the country. We are closely monitoring these developments, as there are imminent regional discussions and consultations with our allies and partners that we need to undertake.”
“While we are mindful of our legal responsibilities, we have communicated our stance clearly to the individuals responsible for the current situation,” Nuland emphasized, “We do not wish to resort to military involvement, but circumstances might force us into that position. We have urged them to exercise prudence and to consider our diplomatic overtures aimed at resolving the issue and restoring constitutional order.”
Nuland also highlighted that President Joe Biden has been maintaining continuous communication with President Tinubu, the Chairperson of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), and various European allies.
“Our engagements have included ongoing dialogues with President Tinubu of Nigeria, who is currently leading ECOWAS, as well as AU Chairperson Faki. Additionally, we have maintained regular contact with several European allies, especially those with whom we collaborate closely on counterterrorism efforts in Niger.”
“Our collective actions are grounded in shared values, underpinned by democratic principles. It’s deeply concerning to witness the present challenge to the democratic fabric that emerged on July 26,” Nuland emphasized.
As tensions continue to unfold in Niger, the international community remains vigilant about the preservation of democratic norms and the restoration of constitutional governance.
The situation underscores the intricate web of relationships between nations striving for regional stability and democratic progress.
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