Politics with a presidential pardon.. Mali ends a diplomatic dispute with Côte d’Ivoire Updated Saturday 1/7/2023 10:Fifty three a.m. Abu Dhabi time Mali ended, on Friday, a diplomatic dispute with its neighbor Côte d’Ivoire, which has been going on since last July, as a result of the arrest of Bamako 49 Ivorian soldier. The end of the crisis came through a statement by the presidency in Mali, confirming that the transitional government issued an amnesty for the 49 detained soldiers after they were accused of plotting against the Malian government. 46 Ivorian soldiers detained in Mali.. Togo’s mediation faltersMali detains 49 Ivorian soldiers and accuses them of working as “mercenaries”. The arrest of these soldiers, which took place at the airport in Bamako, the capital of Mali, sparked a diplomatic dispute and a storm of widespread condemnation from regional allies. The soldiers remained in detention until December 30, when Bamako released 3 of them, while the remaining 46 soldiers were sentenced to 20 years in prison, on charges of attempting to undermine state security, while 3 others were sentenced to death in absentia. “Colonel Asimi Guetta, the transitional president, has pardoned and completely annulled the sentences of 49 soldiers from Ivory Coast,” a government spokesman in Mali confirmed, in a statement, broadcast on national television. Mali’s ruling military council described the soldiers as “mercenaries,” while Cote d’Ivoire said they were “part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission.” It is noteworthy that the ECOWAS group had given Bamako a deadline to release the soldiers, which ended on January 1, and threatened to impose sanctions that would have exacerbated the country’s poor economic situation. The decision came a day after a visit by Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe to Bamako to mediate the release of the soldiers, during which Guetta demanded a “presidential pardon” for the soldiers.
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