Niger’s military transitional government spokesman Amadou Abdraman has said that UN Secretary General António Guterres, in conjunction with French authorities, prevented Niger’s representatives from attending the UN General Assembly by revoking the accreditation of the country’s permanent representative to the organisation.
“The UN secretary-general, with the connivance of France and the francophone ECOWAS heads of state, failed in his mission by preventing Niger’s participation in the 78th session of the UN General Assembly,” Abdraman told RTN television.
According to the transitional government spokesman, Guterres not only refused to take note of the official list of delegates from Niger, but above all “granted the fanatical request of the former foreign minister (of Niger) to withdraw Niger’s permanent representative to the UN.”
According to the statement, the military in power in Niger strongly condemns the UN secretary-general’s decision, calling it an interference in the internal affairs of the state.
In late July, Niger’s military announced on national television the removal of President Mohamed Bazoum from power. The military, led by the commander of the presidential guard, General Abdurahmane Tchiani, who took power in the country, announced the denunciation of military agreements with France.
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