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Ivory Coast Calls For Emergency Summit Over Detained Soldiers

  • Mali has detained 46 Ivorian soldiers for over two months
  • Ivory Coast says detention undermines peace and security
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Ivory Coast called for an emergency summit of regional leaders to push neighboring Mali’s military leadership to release 46 of its soldiers accused by Bamako of being mercenaries. 

The detention of the soldiers for over two months is “likely to undermine peace and security in the region,” Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara’s chief of staff, Fidele Sarassoro, said following a security council meeting in the commercial capital, Abidjan, on Wednesday. He said that Ouattara had called for an extraordinary meeting of the heads of the 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States.