Gambia calls on Senegal to give peace a ‘chance’

Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko attends a protest to demand the release of alleged political prisoners ahead of his court appearance on Thursday on libel charges, in Dakar, Senegal March 14, 2023. [Zohra Bensemra/Senegal]

The Gambia government has broken its silence on the neighboring country’s alarming political situation, calling on all parties to give peace a chance.

In a statement issued late Saturday after 13, security forces allegedly killed people in an unprecedented show of defiance following the jailing of opposition leader Ousman Sonko.

“The Gambia Government notes with utmost concern, recent developments in the sister Republic of Senegal, home of “Terranga,” renowned for its peacefulness and peacemaking.”

The Gambia shares three border lines with Senegal, and recent events will undoubtedly severely affect the country.

“Conscious of the shared deep-rooted history, The Gambia Government calls on our Senegalese brothers and sisters to give peace a chance and actively participate in the ongoing inclusive political dialogue. Religious, political, and community leaders are encouraged to intensify their efforts in calming the worrisome situation and amicably resolving it.

Furthermore, we encourage His Excellency President Macky Sall to intensify his ongoing efforts in finding a negotiated, peaceful and durable solution. Maintenance of peace and stability of the sub-region is paramount and the Republic of Senegal has been a champion of this common cause for decades.”

“Therefore, with Senegal’s strong democratic institutions and proven track record as a respected negotiator and peace builder in the sub-region, President Adama Barrow and The Gambian people strongly believe that the Senegalese Government would peacefully resolve the current situation in the true Senegambia fashion of dialogue, mutual respect, and reconciliation,” the statement signed by Ebrima G. Sankareh
The Gambia Government Spokesperson & Presidential Diaspora Adviser notes.


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