For Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, a Necessary Reset Is Also a Tall Order

For Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, a Necessary Reset Is Also a Tall Order
One of the Ivorian soldiers pardoned by Mali’s military junta leader reacts with family members upon arriving in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Jan. 7, 2023 (AP photo by Diomande Ble Blonde).

Forty-six Ivorian soldiers who were detained in Mali since July 2022 returned to Cote d’Ivoire last week after they were pardoned by Mali’s interim military ruler, Col. Assimi Goita. But although resolution of the dispute could present both sides with the opportunity to reset relations, that will likely prove a tall order.

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