The Security Council must send a clear message to Mr Jammeh
Gambia - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 19 January 2017
Just a few thoughts on Gambia: we are fully supportive of the resolution proposed by Senegal which will confirm the support of the Security Council to the efforts of the regional countries and ECOWAS in particular to resolve this crisis.
It is necessary that the Security Council sends a clear message to Mr Jammeh, who refuses to peacefully transfer power to President Barrow, who was just sworn in.
Bear in mind, and this is a very important message, that no efforts have been spared, that no stone has been unturned since Mr. Jammeh refused the outcome of the elections. That is a very important message : we have done every conceivable effort on a night and day basis to try to find a solution. Many mediations of all kinds have been undertaken, by ECOWAS, by the African Union, by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr Chambas, as well as the Presidents of the neighboring countries and in the last days by Morocco and the Mauritanian president. It makes quite a lot. So again no stone has been left unturned.
Mr. Barrow is now the legitimate president of Gambia. And it’s very important that the Council reaffirms its request that Mr Jammeh hands over power peacefully to President Barrow.
Based on this, I will not paraphrase the text of the resolution that you have, I think it’s pretty clear, I recommend that you carefully read the OP6 in particular which speaks for itself.
Q: Ambassador, does this resolution give Security Council blessing to a military intervention in Gambia?
You know well about this text and again I invite you to read it again, carefully, to read its OP6, carefully.
Q: But how do you interpret OP6?
I think the text is very clear in itself.