It was in a packed conference room of the Ivorian army headquarters, in Plateau, that Téné Birahima Ouattara, Minister of Defense, met with representatives of the families of the 49 soldiers arrested the July 10 in Bamako, the Malian authorities suspecting them of being “mercenaries”.
Nearly a month after their arrest, while the negotiations, conducted under the aegis of Togo, are slipping, the relatives of the soldiers do not hide their concern and their questions. Faced with General Lassina Doumbia, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Alfred Kouassi, the father of Lieutenant Adam Sanni Kouassi, at the head of the detachment, thanked the authorities ivorian for their involvement in the case and told them of his fears.
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“We heard through social media that the Malian authorities would consider placing our children under a warrant of detention. If true, do you have any legal means to prevent this threat from being carried out? If the negotiations fail, what means remains to release them? », does he have demand.