Niger: Military Junta Accuses UN Chief For General Assembly Snub

The military junta has charged Antonio Guterres, head of the UN General Secretariat, of conspiring with France and two French-speaking heads of state from the ECOWAS to deny Niger’s representatives the opportunity to fully participate in the 78th session of the General Assembly of the UN.

The National Council for the Protection of the Fatherland (CNSP) issued the statement in response to the UN Secretary General’s intervention in the internal affairs of Niger

The junta had opted Niger’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Bakary Yaou Sangare, who was made foreign minister after the coup, to address the General Assembly on its behalf.

However, Bakary did not receive credentials to attend after the deposed Nigerien government’s foreign minister sent the world body a letter “informing of the end of functions of Mr. Bakary as permanent representative of Niger to the United Nations,” Stéphane Dujarric, Guterres’ spokesperson, said.

ECOWAS and foreign powers such as France still recognize Bazoum as Niger’s legitimate ruler.

ECOWAS has stated that a military intervention could be an option for restoring Bazoum as president.

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