For some of the West African heads of state, this summit promises to be the most important moment of their stay in New York. Hastily assembled and scheduled for 5:30 p.m. local time in a building next to the headquarters of the United Nations, where the 77e general assembly, he must seal the fate that will be reserved for the Malian and Guinean juntas.
It is partly organized at the request of the Ivorian Alassane Ouattara, who is increasingly annoyed by the impasse in which negotiations have found themselves around his soldiers detained in Mali since mid-July. While three women were released in early September, 46 special forces men still remain retained in Bamako, where they are accused of being mercenaries and of trying to destabilize the state.
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“It is now clear to everyone that they are not mercenaries,” said a West African government source. The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, said so; ECOWAS President Umaro Sissoco Embaló said so. These soldiers are just being blackmailed against the Ivory Coast, and Alassane Ouattara sent betrayed. »