ganito manalo sa basketball betting-3 women among Ivorian troops held in Mali released – diplomats
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Dakar, Senegal: Three women among the 49 Ivorian soldiers held in Mali accused of being mercenaries in an ongoing dispute between the two countries have been released, two diplomats told Agence France-Presse Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
"I give you the good news: As a humanitarian gesture, Mali has released the three women from the contingent of 49 Ivorian soldiers", a Malian diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
A Togolese diplomat also confirmed the news.
Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has been acting as a mediator in the dispute, which since July has fuelled tensions between Bamako and Abidjan.
The soldiers were arrested after their arrival at Bamako airport on July 10.Get the latest news
Ivory Coast says they were sent on a routine rotation for personnel who provide back-up services for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, and has called for their release.
Mali's military-led government says the troops had had no orders or supporting documents and has described them as "mercenaries".
In mid-August, Malian prosecutors filed charges against all 49, including for alleged conspiracy and harm to state security.