UN advice to Gambia: In national reform, put national interest first

Monday, April 10, 2017

As the new Gambia government sets in motion its reform agenda after the election of new National Assembly members, the United Nations has advised stakeholders to put the national interests above all other issues.

“I urge all Gambian stakeholders to put the national interests above all other considerations as they move ahead with the national reform agenda,” said the UN special representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas also have reiterated the commitment of the Office of the United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel to continue supporting The Gambia in consolidating democracy and promoting sustainable development.

Below we reproduce the full statement of the UN special representative issued at the end of his two-day visit to The Gambia.

I have just concluded a two- day visit to The Gambia, during which I had the opportunity to meet with the Independent Electoral Commission, election observation missions deployed by the ECOWAS, the African Union and the European Union, as well as representatives of civil society organizations and United Nations entities. I was also received by HE Adama Barrow the President of the Republic of The Gambia.

The purpose of my visit was to congratulate the people and the Government of The Gambia for the peaceful, inclusive, and well organized legislative elections of 6 April             2017. I applaud Gambian political parties and candidates for their active participation in these historic elections, as well as the Independent Electoral Commission for its efforts in ensuring the people’s right to elect their compatriots who will have the mandate to represent them in the National Assembly. I wholeheartedly commend the progress achieved by the Gambians with the conduct of these elections, which confirm the country’s steady march towards sustained peace, democracy and stability.

Going forward, I urge all Gambian stakeholders to put the national interests above all other considerations as they move ahead with the national reform agenda, responding to the legitimate expectations of the Gambian citizens.

To all my interlocutors, I have reiterated the commitment of the Office of the United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), - and of the international community at large - to continue supporting The Gambia in consolidating democracy and   promoting sustainable development for the benefit of its people.

I thank you for your attention. 

Source: Picture: Mohamed Ibn Chambas