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Jammeh receives UN envoy

Jun 4, 2014, 9:22 AM

President Yahya Jammeh Tuesday received at State House in Banjul Said Djinnit, the UN secretary-general’s special representative and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, UNOWA. Before working for the UN, Said Djinnit served as the Commissioner for Peace and Security at the African Union.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the Gambian leader, Mr. Djinnit said they had an extensive discussion.

“This is a meeting which is part of my regular consultations with the leaders of the region”.He added that they discussed the situation in the region.

“We have a number of areas of concern; and we discussed the situation in Guinea Bissau and the neighbourhood, and other issues which affect security in West Africa, such as in northern Mali and in the north east of Nigeria, as well as organized crime, including drug trafficking.”

He noted that peaceful elections were just held in Guinea Bissau, and announced that he had the opportunity of greeting President-elect Vaz in the lobby at State House.

“We discussed Guinea Bissau, and agreed on the need to support Guinea Bissau to stabilize.

We all know the problems of Guinea Bissau.

We are happy that with the support of ECOWAS, the UN, African Union and the neighbours, Guinea Bissau has been able to come through its transition successfully.

“Now we are looking forward to a new political dispensation, and we are urging all neighbours, ECOWAS, AU and the UN to remain committed to working together to support Guinea Bissau to address its problems”.

The UN envoy announced that he is on his way to Nigeria, as high representative of the UN secretary-general, “in relation to the abducted girls”.

“The United Nations is fully committed to supporting Nigeria overcome this difficulty.

And we are in the course of providing a package of support, in support of Nigeria’s efforts to rescue safely the girls and to address the consequences of the situation in north east Nigeria”.