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yahoo! CNN | ECOWAS orders `immediate activation' of standby force in Niger, 10 Aug
according to a statement read by Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission.

It was not immediately clear what the "deployment" and "activation" of the force would entail. The statement also emphasized a "determination to keep all options on the table for the peaceful resolution of the crisis."

Final Communique - Second Extraordinary Summit Of The ECOWAS Authority Of Heads Of State And Government On The Political Situation In Niger
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Confusion and concern

Several analysts told CNN that a military intervention in Niger would probably not be imminent, as it takes time to assemble the ECOWAS troops.

The communique is "about mobilizing the required resources should an intervention be needed, but it's also a signal to the junta in Niger that ECOWAS is prepared to take necessary actions including force should talks fail," Abuja-based defense and security analyst Murtala Abdullahi told CNN.

by Cat on Fri Aug 11th, 2023 at 12:38:43 AM EST
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