ECOWAS Reaffirms Commitment to Intervention

Confirmation of Commitment to Intervention:

Today, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has restated their conviction in a potential military intervention in Niger, claiming that all member-states with the exception of coup-stricken states and Cabo Verde will join. 

Mali and Burkina Faso, as previously reported, have stated that any attack on Niger will amount to an act of war against each of their nations also. Guinea however, has only censured the potential use of external aggression. 

The African Union (AU) met on monday in regards to whether or not they would voice support for an intervention, however, whatever decision they have come to has not been made public. It is possible that the AU can refuse a military intervention–in this case, it would be difficult for ECOWAS to provide a legal justification for intervention.

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