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Niger Coup Leaders Revoke Military Agreements, Talk Efforts Falter

Niger’s military junta has revoked military cooperation agreements with France as a deadline to release and reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bozoum looms and efforts by a West African delegation to meet with coup leaders faltered.

Speaking on national television late Thursday, junta representative Amadou Abdramane read out the decision to end the military agreements with France, Niger’s former colonial ruler. The junta also fired the previous government’s ambassadors to France, the United States, Togo and neighboring Nigeria, which is leading efforts by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, on dialogue.

ECOWAS, the West African regional bloc, has given coup leaders until Sunday to reinstate Bozoum, warning that it could resort to military intervention as a last resort.

Junta leaders have responded in turn by saying that force would be met with force.

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