AFRICANGLOBE – Gambia’s President, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa has informed deputies of government’s intention to table a UN General Assembly Resolution on Slavery and Colonialism to declare these barbaric chapters in human history as crimes against humanity and for the nations that perpetrated these crimes to be obligated to reparations and unconditional apologies.
The President was speaking to Gambian deputies on the occasion of the state opening of the 2016 Legislative Year at the National Assembly chambers in Banjul.
“I am delighted to inform you that my government has secured the endorsement of both the African Union and the Organisation of the Islamic cooperation,” he said. And because of the common experience between African and Caribbean countries, he went on, “We are quite hopeful of the support of Caribbean Governments.”
As part of the intensive sensitisation and awareness creation activities, President Jammeh stated, his government would organise an international colloquium on the themes of the resolution along with the Roots Homecoming Festival in May 2016.
In the area of foreign policy and international relations, he said, the government remains relentless in its subscription to the principles of good-neighborliness, non-interference in the internal affairs of nations and the legal equality of nations irrespective of demographic and economic size.
“Our upholding of these principles relates to our firm and unshakable commitment to the values of justice, fair play, peace and security as well as mutual respect for the identity, dignity and sovereignty of nations regardless of racial and religious affiliation. In this respect, my government will not hesitate to stand up against injustice, racism, terrorism and crimes against humanity.”
By: Musa Ndow & Aji Fatou Faal