MADRID, 21 (EUROPE PRESS)
At the meeting, the issues of 46 soldiers from the Ivory Coast, who have been detained in Mali since July 10, will be on the agenda, according to Onyeama in an interview with RFI radio station.
“There will be a summit. This is not the first time, as ECOWAS often takes advantage of the fact that all the heads of state are in New York to bring them together and discuss issues that concern the community,” said the head. Nigerian diplomacy.
On the issue of the 46 Ivorian soldiers recently detained in Bamako, Onyeama maintained that “there is no real evidence that these soldiers were mercenaries”.
“It was more or less clear that they came as part of the forces of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), but it is also true, according to the surveys, that perhaps there were technical elements that were not really what they should be ,” he added.
In this sense, the head of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has pointed out that there were “certain rules” that were not followed as previously pointed out by the United Nations.
On September 15, Côte d’Ivoire’s National Security Council condemned “unacceptable blackmail” by the military junta in Mali regarding the situation of more than 40 Ivorian soldiers detained in July at the capital’s airport, Bamako.
The organization underlines in a statement that the Malian authorities demanded in exchange for the militants “the extradition of personalities who, according to them, benefit from the protection of the Ivory Coast to destabilize Mali.”
The Malian junta arrested 49 soldiers from neighboring Ivory Coast as “mercenaries” when they landed in Bamako. The soldiers were tasked with relieving troops securing a MINUSMA base at the capital’s airport, according to Yamoussoukro.