The military junta rulers in Niger have strongly criticized UN Secretary-General António Guterres for what they perceive as obstructing the country’s representation at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
According to reports, the junta rulers accused Guterres of hindering Niger’s participation in the UNGA.
Their disappointment stems from the fact that Guterres did not invite the newly established junta government to address the important annual event.
The military junta, which took power in a coup against former President Mohamed Bazoum earlier this year, expressed their discontent by referring to Guterres’ actions as obstruction.
They believe that their exclusion from the UNGA reflects a lack of recognition and respect for their newly attained governance. Meanwhile the leaders of the Niger junta expressed their desire to utilize the UNGA platform as an opportunity to present their vision for the country’s future.
They believe that their absence from the event undermines the progress made in stabilizing the political situation in Niger.
While Guterres’ decision not to invite the Niger junta government may stem from concerns about the military’s seizure of power, the rulers argue that their intentions are to bring stability and address the challenges the country is currently facing.
The criticism from the Niger junta rulers highlights the tension between their desire to engage on an international stage and the view of the international community regarding military takeovers.
It is essential to note that the situation in Niger remains complex, with ongoing talks between the junta and other political factions seeking a peaceful resolution.
The junta leaders believe their exclusion undermines the progress made in stabilizing Niger and addressing the challenges the country faces.
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