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Ending Tensions Between Ghana and Gambia

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Today United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that he welcomed the agreement reached by the Gambia and Ghana to end tensions that emerged after the deaths and disappearances of Ghanaian nationals on Gambian territory in 2005. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General applauded the two African countries "for their commitment to settle the differences between them in a peaceful and negotiated manner."

The Gambia and Ghana signed a Joint Communique today in Sirte, Libya, where an African Union (AU) summit has also been taking place. The Secretary-General said in the statement that "he trusts that the Joint Communique will strengthen the existing fraternal and cordial bilateral relationship between Ghana and the Gambia."

The Secretary-General also expressed appreciation for what he described as "the immense contribution" of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), "which worked preventively and in partnership with the United Nations to resolve the problem between the two countries."

Last year the United Nations and ECOWAS set up a joint fact-finding team to look into the deaths of the Ghanaians.


Lawrence J. Gist II is a dedicated pro bono attorney and counselor at law, adjunct professor of legal studies at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA, a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Indigenous Knowledges, and a veteran (more...)

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