Niger crisis: US backs ECOWAS decision, says democracy best option
The United States has expressed support for the decision of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the lingering Niger crisis further disclosing its stand to hold the Niger junta accountable for the safety and security of ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, his family, and detained members of his government.
This is contained in a statement the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, issued Thursday, shortly after ECOWAS Heads of Governments ordered activation of a standby force for possible military intervention in Niger if the junta did not restore constitutionally elected President Bazoum to power.
In the statement titled: “ECOWAS Call for Restoration of Constitutional Order in the Republic of Niger,” the United States commended the regional bloc for its determination to explore all options for the peaceful resolution of the crisis.
“The United States joins the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in calling for the restoration of constitutional order in Niger. The United States appreciates the determination of ECOWAS to explore all options for the peaceful resolution of the crisis.”
Blinken explained that democracy is the best foundation for development, social cohesion, and stability in Niger. “We stand with the Nigerien people in working toward these goals.
“We echo the ECOWAS condemnation of the illegal detention of President Mohamed Bazoum, his family, and members of the government, as well as the unacceptable conditions under which they are being held, and call for their immediate release.
“Like ECOWAS, the United States will hold the Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP) accountable for the safety and security of President Bazoum, his family, and detained members of the government,” the statement partly read.