ECOWAS prepared to relax sanctions against Niger Republic and deploy standby force.

ECOWAS prepared to relax sanctions against Niger Republic and deploy standby force.
The leaders of ECOWAS have decided to thoroughly examine measures to mobilize a reserve army for counterterrorism operations in areas of the region where terrorist organizations are rife.

This is stated in a statement that was read by ECOWAS Commission President Dr. Omar Touray on Sunday in Abuja following the 64th regular session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to eliminating threats to the region's peace, security, and stability, including terrorism.

Additionally, they decided to organize an unprecedented meeting on unconstitutional government changes with the goal of advancing democracy, security, and peace throughout the region.

The group was instructed by the ECOWAS leaders to do a thorough analysis and investigate the feasibility of holding the emergency summit.

A committee of heads of state was also formed by the ECOWAS, led by President Bola Tinubu, to discuss the necessity for a fast transition plan and the deployment of monitoring mechanisms with CMSP, the military junta in the Niger Republic.

The heads of state of Togo, Sierra Leone, and Benin are members of the Committee.

In order to quickly restore constitutional order, they must negotiate with the coup leaders and other relevant parties on a brief transition plan, the creation of transition organs, and monitoring and assessment procedures.

The Committee of Heads of State's participation with the CMSP will determine the extent to which the Authority can gradually lift the sanctions against Niger.

"ECOWAS shall sustain all sanctions, including the use of force, in the event that the CMSP fails to comply with the outcomes of the engagement with the committee.

"And shall request that the targeted sanctions be applied to members of the CMSP and their associates by the African Union and all other partners."

The group underlined that Mohammed Bazoum, the president of Niger, must be released from custody immediately and without conditions.

The CMSP regime's ongoing arrest of President Mohammed Bazoum, his family, and allies is greatly regretted by the Authority.

The Authority also regrets the CMSP's lack of dedication to reestablishing constitutional order.

As a result, the Authority demands that President Mohammed Bazoum, his family, and associates be released promptly and without hindrance by the CMSP.

The ECOWAS commission and member nations are working hard to strengthen democracy, peace, security, and stability in the region, and this effort was applauded during the meeting that Tinubu led.

The Authority specifically highlighted the peaceful elections that were held in Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, and Liberia throughout the year.

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