Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states, or their representatives meeting at a summit, released 46 Ivory Coast soldiers captured before January 1 to the military government in Mali since July, The ECOWAS Commission journalist ” Omar Touray” requested.
Otherwise, ECOWAS will impose sanctions, a West African diplomat told his AFP correspondent, under the guise of anonymity, but the incident was linked to the sanctions of Mali and Ivory Coast, both of his ECOWAS members. is a source of serious tension.
Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe, who has handled the crisis well, will go to Mali to “demand” the release of the soldiers, the diplomat added.
“The head of ECOWAS has decided to realign his security architecture,” Touray said. It’s about taking “your own security” into your own hands and no longer relying on outside actors, he explained.