The Government of the Republic of Botswana, in line with the Malabo Declaration and Decision on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa, joins other SADC leaders and the rest of the world in strongly condemning the unconstitutional subversion of democracy in the Republic of Niger and calls for the immediate release of the constitutionally elected President of Niger, His Excellency Mohamed Bazoum.
The Republic of Botswana calls on those aggrieved by the situation to peacefully negotiate so that there is restoration of constitutional order in Niger.
It is our ardent belief that a peaceful resolution of the conflict will ensure that there is a return to peace and stability in accordance with the UN Charter relating to peaceful resolution of conflicts.
The Government of Botswana wishes to reiterate that President Mohamed Bazoum is the legitimately elected President of the Republic of Niger.
In this regard, the Government of Botswana calls upon the warring parties to exercise restraint and to work towards normalisation of the situation for the benefit of the people of Niger.