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GMC Welcomes EU Delegation To Gambia

Mai Ahmed Fatty(JollofNews) – The opposition Gambia Moral Congress Party (GMC) has today welcomed the decision of the European Union to hold consultations with the Government of Yahya Jammeh as part of an on-going Article 8 political dialogue under the Cotonou Agreement.
 
In a letter to the media, the party’s leader, Mai Ahmad Fatty wrote: “This is a very significant component of cooperation on three essential elements of human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law. Regular dialogue between the Gambia and the EU as our most important development partner, shall promote the consistency and relevance of our cooperation strategies, and render it possible to address all issues of mutual interest.
 
I wish to assure the delegation of our very solid commitment to cordial, effective and mutually fruitful bilateral ties between the EU and the Gambia. GMC strongly supports this process as one of the most effective mechanisms through which both sides could exercise useful opportunity in evaluating the progress made, as provided for in the Agreement, in accordance with the modalities detailed under Annexe VII.
 
As a country that often touts its democratic credentials, the Gambia government has great opportunity to demonstrate the commitment it has undertaken with regards to the practical implementation of the ‘essential elements’ of the Agreement. Mai Ahmed FattyMai Ahmed Fatty
 
Within this context, I take important note of the fact that the Agreement is first and foremost a partnership, and therefore both sides must fundamentally fulfil their principal obligations, and are further required by the protocol to make all relevant considerations in relation to Articles 8, 9 and 96. It is not only important to commit to the dialogue, most fundamentally, commitment should lead to action and practical implementation of the essential elements, with visible impact on the internal political processes, and circumstances.  
 
This structured dialogue should also lead to greater transparency in the commitments undertaken on the intermediate objectives, in direct relation to their practical execution as regards the existing Gambian political environment or atmosphere.
 
I take this opportunity to encourage the Gambian civil society to utilise the participatory opportunities under the general provisions, which aims to promote their involvement within the context of the partnership.

Gambians and the community citizens of the EU are looking forward to tangible outcomes of the current dialogue vis-a-vis statutory benchmarks contained in Articles 8, 9 and 96. I assure the delegation that our citizens who matter most, shall lose total faith in both the process and the Agreement itself, if the outcome of the present dialogue cannot produce visible material impact on the ground concerning the essential elements, and required considerations.
 
While inviting the delegation to enjoy the natural beauty of our country, the world-class Gambian hospitality, our splendid beaches, nature and resorts, I wish you frank and fruitful talks centered on the essential elements. I also wish both sides a successful New Year!!”

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0 #7 2013-02-01 17:14
Since the year 2000, there have been no reported cases in the Gambia of diphtheria, hib meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, mumps, pertussis, or polio. Only two cases of the measles. President Jammeh made it a priority, and that is why it happened.
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0 #6 2013-02-01 17:10
I agree with Ms. Migneault. EU and Gambia can work together. But people should know, President Jammeh has seriously turned Gambia into a developed nation. Our public health is outstanding. (I am from Gambia). Gambia has a full immunization schedule for babies, mandated and implemented by President Jammeh. BCG at birth; DTwP at 1 year; DTwPHibHelpB at 2, 3, & 4 months; HepB at birth; Measles at 9 months; OPV at birth, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 18 months; Pneumo_conj at 2, 3, and 4 months; as well as TT, Vitamin A, and and YF. Thank you, President Yahya Jammeh.
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0 #5 2013-01-31 17:48
Yes, EU is important development partner. Gambia is highly developed, particularly in education, childhood immunization, and public health. These achievements are due to President Jammeh’s leadership. Under President Jammeh, the Gambia has improved public health. In October 2012, it was reported that the Gambia has made significant improvements in polio, measles immunization, and the PCV-7 vaccine.
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0 #4 2013-01-11 14:23
Ahmed Mai Fatty, your idea of talking to world leaders about our plight is working and no amount of distraction by opportunist will change that.

For Sedat Jobe to say Yaya Jammeh never liked you makes me even more proud of you for Yaya Jammeh knows you not the kind to "dangle chicken change and ask you to dance on broken bottle" We all have seen how Yaya Jammeh cabinet works, no minister has a say in anything, Yaya Jammeh tells them how it is going to be and they all say Yes Sir.

Some scribbling so fast as if they are in school taking lectures. Nobody at that table showed any self respect or pride. They all look scared to death, Joberteh sank so deep in his chair, I thought a kid is sitting among them. I had to do a double take to recognize him. F Mass Jobe looked totally terrified. Njogu Bah didn't even comb is hair, guess the meeting was a very short notice.
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+3 #3 2013-01-11 01:11
http://observer.gm/africa/gambia/article/gambia-govt-condemns-eu-article-8-political-dialogue
The man Jammeh has spoken again. This time it's an attack on the EU's 8 articles. But what's all the 8 articles all about? Only three is been mention.
Then came across a section about Gambian immigrants in europe; I was surprise Jammeh defending gambian's in europe....The same man who's sends tens of immigration officers to depot Gambian's back!
Wow Mr. Jammeh, man of weather. Gambian's are not fools, cos they have had many kinds of lies from you when it come to defending yourself.
But for your information Mr. Jammeh, don't worry about the EU stripping you from your power but Gambian's themselves with Capture and bring you to justice! Time will tell!!!
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-1 #2 2013-01-11 01:06
http://observer.gm/africa/gambia/article/gambia-govt-condemns-eu-article-8-political-dialogue
The man Jammeh has spoken again. This time it's an attack on the EU's 8 articles. But what's all the 8 articles all about? Only three is been mention.
Then came across a section about Gambian immigrants in europe; I was surprise Jammeh defending gambian's in europe....The same man who's sends tens of immigration officers to depot Gambian's back!
Wow Mr. Jammeh, man of weather. Gambian's are not fools, cos they have had many kinds of lies from you when it come to defending yourself.
But for your information Mr. Jammeh, don't worry about the EU stripping you from your power but Gambian's themselves with Capture and bring you to justice! Time will tell!!!
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+7 #1 2013-01-10 19:45
My compliments to the Observer for printing the EU's requirements and the rebuttle from the Gambian government.

It has been noted that some African's will "forgive but never forget" the dismal history inflicted upon the African continent by Europeans.

I would argue that European citizens themselves were treated little better during the same dark period of history.

What emerged from that darkness and two world wars against tyranny...was The International Declaration of Human Rights.

It is a worthy document and the standard bearer for a better world for the citizen, without favour or prejudice.

I would urge the Gambian government to commence dialogue...to begin to resolve these issues.

Whilst I fully appreciate and respect the position of the Gambian government.

Intransigence is not a viable alternative.
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