Niger accuses UN of blocking general assembly attendance

Niger’s coup leaders have accused the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, of obstructing their participation in the General Assembly, potentially undermining efforts to resolve the country’s crisis.

Rebel elite soldiers overthrew French-allied President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26 and continue to detain him.

Negotiations to restore civilian rule have stalled, with the junta demanding a three-year transition, while western-influenced ECOWAS calls for Bazoum’s immediate return.

Western governments and global bodies like the UN have strongly condemned the coup as it interferes with their interests in the country.

The military criticized Guterres for obstructing Niger’s full participation in the UN General Assembly and accused him of undermining crisis resolution efforts.

The junta rejects Guterres’ interference in their internal affairs. Niger’s situation has raised concerns about the Sahel region’s stability amid growing jihadist insurgencies.

Regional sanctions have caused shortages, skyrocketing prices, and blackouts.

Diplomatic efforts are still seen as possible, and Senegal’s President urges the coup leaders not to push for military intervention. Additionally, military leaders from Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger have signed a mutual defense pact.

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