Gambia : UN envoy commends Gambians for political maturity, peace

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN envoy for West Africa on Saturday commended Gambians for their political maturity and commitment to peace during the country's political impasse.

He also welcomed the return of the new Gambia's President Adama Barrow to assume office in Banjul, Gambia's capital city.

Chambas, in a statement in Banjul said: "The peaceful attitude of the Gambians during the election and during the crisis demonstrates their determination to build a unified, democratic and a prosperous country."

The UN envoy said that, "the peaceful resolution of the crisis followed by the return to the country of the democratically elected President Adama Barrow to a tumultuously welcome, will set the foundations for an inclusive national reconciliation, and will open a new chapter in the history of The Gambia."

He also praised the regional leaders and the international community for resolution of the crisis and the success achieved.

"It is vital that the mobilization of the regional actors and the international community to resolve peacefully the crisis, is maintained and consolidated to help the Gambians and the new government achieve a democratic, orderly and peaceful transition," Chambas added.

He also said as part of its commitment to support the new administration, the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) has deployed to Banjul a senior expert on transition of power to support the new government articulate a plan of action to ensure a smooth transition from the former administration.
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28 january 2017 16:43:06

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