UN envoy urged to facilitate talks for peaceful transition in The Gambia

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Women and children arrive from the Gambia at Selety border post in Senegal's Ziguinchor region. Photo: WFP/William Diatta

The UN envoy for West Africa, Ibn Chambas, is being urged by the Security Council to continue facilitating negotiations for a peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia.

Ambassador Olof Skoog, who holds the rotating presidency of the Council for January, made the call on Friday, as he read a report on the activities of the UN in West Africa and the Sahel.

President Adama Barrow's inauguration was held at The Gambia embassy in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Former Gambian President Yayah Jammeh's refusal to concede defeat after losing the elections on 1 December has become a serious cause for concern.

With the backing of the UN, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has been taking the lead in talks to resolve this post-electoral impasse.

Media report say the regional bloc has deployed troops from Senegal and other West African countries to remove Yayah Jammeh by force.

However, the UN Security Council continues to stress the need to ensure "by political means first, the respect of the will of the people".

Here's Ambassador Olof Skoog.

"The Security Council requests the Special Representative, through his good offices, to continue facilitating interactions and negotiations aimed at ensuring a peaceful transfer of power from outgoing President, Yahya Jammeh, to the President Adama Barrow." 

UN Special Representative for West Africa, Ibn Chambas, is presently in The Gambia, along with other regional leaders, seeking to resolve the crisis.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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