The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on October 9th that it is “suspending engagement in preparatory discussions” with the military junta of the CNSP.
Last week, Algeria had expressed satisfaction with Niamey’s acceptance of its mediation proposal following the July 26 coup. However, the Algerian government now states that “discussions regarding a visit to Niamey have not yielded conclusive results” and raises “legitimate questions” about the true intentions of the Nigerien authorities.
Algeria has consistently opposed the military alternative proposed by ECOWAS and presented its crisis resolution plan in August. This plan suggested a maximum six-month civilian-led transition accepted by all political factions.
In response to last week’s Algerian statement, Niger had replied that only an inclusive national forum, the date of which is yet to be determined, could decide the duration of the transition.
Niger’s Prime Minister, Ali Mahamane Lamine Zeine, emphasized the need for mutual understanding with Algeria and expressed surprise at learning of Algeria’s announcement “through social media.” He asserted there had been a “misunderstanding” with Algeria and stressed the importance of agreeing on the initiative’s content.
The statements made by Nigerian officials are the source of the “questions” mentioned by Algeria, leading to the suspension of discussions until the junta clarifies its position.