"I think the force is ready," he said. "The [strategic] concept will be transmitted to the African Union, which is going to transmit it to the United Nations, and a resolution will be voted probably in late November or early December. ECOWAS states are ready to send the various contingents that will make up the intervention force."
"We have two choices, either intervene or not intervene," Mr. Issoufou told reporters on the sidelines of a Paris conference on economic development in Niger. "I think that the risks of nonintervention are greater than the risks of intervention. So we must intervene."