West African protection chiefs suggest a $2.6 billion safety plan that analysts say won’t work

ABUJA – Protection chiefs of West Africa on Thursday proposed an bold plan to deploy a 5,000-strong “standby drive” to combat the area’s worsening safety crises, a measure that analysts say won’t work as a result of challenges of funding and division throughout the regional bloc.

The plan, which is able to value $2.6 billion yearly, was proposed to heads of state at a gathering of protection officers in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. The plan was additionally aimed toward stopping additional coups following a string of army takeovers which have destabilized the area, Nigeria’s Protection Minister Mohammed Badaru mentioned.

Thursday’s assembly is the primary time the bloc is mapping out publicly the financing of its long-talked-about standby drive. Nonetheless, analysts recognized challenges it’d face, together with the scarcity of funds from member states required to contribute cash and securing the assist of coup-hit international locations most affected by the safety crises.

“Greater than ever, we’re at a pivotal second within the historical past of our neighborhood to handle insecurity,” mentioned Omar Alieu Touray, president of the regional bloc of ECOWAS Fee, as he urged member-states to assist the drive. Their proposals are anticipated to be thought of on the upcoming summit of the regional heads of state.

The resurgence of coups in West and Central Africa – with 4 of its nations being run by army governments – has divided the 15-nation ECOWAS and destabilized the area, particularly the coup-hit international locations of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, that are worst-hit by the lethal violence now spreading to coastal nations.

ECOWAS has unsuccessfully tried to return democracies in these international locations. Their finest shot with now-lifted financial sanctions resulted within the three coup-hit international locations withdrawing their membership and opening extra home windows for Russian mercenaries within the area.

Touray, the ECOWAS fee president, mentioned the bloc invited officers from the coup-hit international locations of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger to attend Thursday’s assembly and take part forming such a drive. It was not instantly clear if the international locations would comply with this.

“I don’t suppose ECOWAS has the capability to launch army interventions with out international help,” mentioned Ulf Laessing, head of the Sahel program on the Konrad Adenauer Basis.

Such a standby drive can solely work if ECOWAS will get the dedication of all its member states and if the bloc maps out a method to cope with Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, mentioned Kars de Bruijne, a senior analysis fellow on the Clingendael Institute suppose tank.

“Delivering (on such plans) has been the problem with ECOWAS for a very long time,” he mentioned.

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