Gambian authorities deny partnering with Senegal’s army to attack Casamance separatists

Gambian authorities deny partnering with Senegal’s army to attack Casamance separatists

Gambia is not going to be carrying out joint operations with Senegalese troops against separatist fighters in Casamance, State House Press Secretary, Amie Bojang-Sisohore said.

“The Gambia is neither considering placing troops on Casamance soil nor offering the use of its territory as a launching pad for any attack on the MFDC,” a statement from Bojang read.

Gambian authorities warned it would not allow the use of its territory by armed or unarmed individuals or groups to destabilize or incite violence in the Casamance.

The State House said it will partner with authorities in neighboring Senegal to find a lasting solution to the three-decade long crisis in southern Senegal through dialogue and impartiality.

Gambian communities along the small nation’s border with Casamance are grabbed with fear that heavy fighting may break out.

Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty had visited the communities, mostly in the Foni region to reassure them that they are safe and that no fighting will break out.

Rumors were rife that West African troops, of which the majority are Senegalese soldiers, were going to carry out covert operations from the Gambia against separatist fighters in Casamance.

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