Apr 27, 2009, 7:32 AM
The statement was read on national television and on its behalf by Dr Njogu Bah, the Secretary General Office of the President and Head of the Civil Service.
In the statement, the
Below is the full text of the statement:
The Government of the
It will be recalled that a few days ago, an Extraordinary Meeting of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was convened in
The Government of the Republic of The Gambia has serious reservations about the final outcome of the Extraordinary Meeting and, therefore, opposes it given the apparent adverse consequences that could emanate from the implementation of the decision of the use of military force to compel the incumbent government in Cote d’Ivoire to hand over political power.
The Gambia Government does not subscribe to the use of force or resort to violence to solve disputed election results as that is interfering in the internal affairs of a member state, which is illegal under both the ECOWAS and AU Charters.
ECOWAS, therefore, has no legal mandate to intervene militarily to topple the current Government in
Why didn’t ECOWAS intervene when the rebels invaded
In all Francophone Africa, the constitutional courts have the final decision in the event of elections disputes. In
We remember in the
Guinea Bissau has faced a fair share of coup and assassinations in the recent past. ECOWAS has never intervened to put an end to the carnage and impunity in Guinea Bissau. Why didn’t ECOWAS intervene in Guinea Conakry to put an end to the former criminal government of Captain Musa Dadis Camara that ended up slaughtering many people including innocent women and children? Even after this horrible crime, ECOWAS never intervened militarily to topple that criminal regime. Why did it take ECOWAS so long to intervene in
ECOWAS, which has been established to bring economic prosperity to the West African people, will not be allowed to be turned into a war machine to embark on military adventures in the pursuit of foreign interests that are very detrimental, to say the least, to Africa in general, and
“African countries should be aware of those neocolonialist powers who are only interested in setting up puppet regimes in natural resource endowed countries, in order to continue the daylight robbery of our resources. It is high time that foreign powers are forced to respect the independence and sovereignty of African countries; as well stop them from interfering in our internal electoral processes. Africans should put an end to this dictatorship of the neocolonialist and racist powers deciding for us who should lead African countries.
The people of
The Gambia Government urges the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) to tread on the path of dialogue in a bid to avert bloodshed, and the possible recurrence of civil war in
“Being a proponent of peace throughout the world, and a staunch adherent to the principles of peaceful resolution to all crises as the only solution beneficial to humanity, the government of the Republic of The Gambia’s position on the current political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire is that only dialogue between the people of Cote d’Ivoire, and assisted by well-meaning members of the international community and not exploiters, would bring about a solution that would be in the interest of both Cote d’Ivoire and the West African sub-region.
The Gambia Government stands ready to support any action or steps being taken to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.
It is, therefore, in the spirit of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states as enshrined in the ECOWAS Charter that we urged ECOWAS to bring both sides to the negotiating table rather than take sides in a matter that only the people of
In this regard, the Government of the