South Africa welcomes ECOWAS involvement in The Gambia

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South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) this week said it supported mediation efforts by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) to resolve the impasse currently in place in The Gambia.

The statement is a turnaround on one issued soon after the December presidential elections that saw Adama Barrow defeat long-time incumbent Yahya Jammeh. Dirco then said is congratulated the people of The Gambia for “peaceful, free, fair and transparent presidential elections”.

The subsequent decision by Yammeh not to recognise the election result has seen a stand-off.
“ECOWAS is engaging the parties in an effort to mediate and find a peaceful resolution to the political impasse.
“South Africa supports the mediation efforts by ECOWAS and urges all concerned parties to co-operate with ECOWAS and find a peaceful resolution of the impasse within the provisions of the constitution of The Gambia,” according to a Dirco statement.