Ivory Coast has called on West Africa’s political bloc to help release 46 soldiers detained by Mali’s military government, after a Togolese-led mediation effort appeared to have stalled. Reuters reports that Mali detained the soldiers in its capital Bamako on July 10 after accusing them of being mercenaries who flew in without permission. Ivory Coast said they were part of a security and logistics contingent working under a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.
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