Guinea does not favor a military intervention in The Gambia even though it is supporting the Abuja Resolution on upholding the Gambia’s election results and protecting its president-elect.
President Alpha Conde of Guinea said there should be a continuous push for talks until Jammeh, who is adamant on going to the polls again, leaves power peacefully.
Conde is among West African leaders that would be attending Th Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow’s inauguration on January 19, but defeated President Yahya Jammeh refusing to step down says unless otherwise ruled by the Supreme Court, where his party filed a petition, there would be no ceremony.
Part of ECOWAS’s Abuja Resolution on The Gambia’s political crisis is to use military force to extinguish Mr. Jammeh out of power. His continuous stay in power, the ECOWAS says, threatens the stability in Western Africa.
Senegal’s President Macky Sall and ECOWAS President Marcel de Souza both said diplomacy precedes military intervention. Military intervention is the last resort to bending Jammeh to leave. It will only be used when negotiations failed to yield results, Gambia’s neighbors agree.
UN vow to impose strong sanctions on Mr. Jammeh and insist he must step down.
Conde called for Jammeh to be given immunity from prosecution for crimes against the state and human rights abuses.
President Yahya Jammeh is accused by rights group of torture, enforced detention, and extrajudicial execution. His regimes rights violations have been documented and activists are calling for his prosecution. The Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow, however, said Jammeh may not face the courts.
President Jammeh remain defiant and says he would protect The Gambia against any foreign aggression.