Thursday, 10 October 2013 18:56(JollofNews) – Britain has rubbished allegations made by President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia that it has conspired with the United States to topple his regime.
Mr Jammeh in a statement delivered on state television on Tuesday accused the United States and Britain of using various attempts including sponsoring a coup plot to topple his regime in November 1994 in order to gain unrestricted access to the country’s vast natural resources including oil.
The president who seized power in military coup in July 1994 said his relationship with Washington and London went sour after he ended their hopes of exploiting his country’s natural resources to the detriment of Gambians.
“Since that coup plot failed and up till today, these two western powers have continued in their relentless efforts to destabilise this country desperately using every means possible from sponsoring coup plots to financing the opposition and mounting a vigorous smear campaign consisting of outrageous lies and false allegations against the Gambia,” Mr Jammeh stated.
But the British High Commission to Gambia has denied the allegation.
In a statement issued to Reuters, the High Commission said Britain is a friend of The Gambia and had never acted to destabilise its former colony.
"The UK is a friend of the Gambia and its people and it is in the interest of both countries to sustain a broad-based relationship founded on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit," the High Commission stated.
Mr Jammeh has been slamming western powers in recent weeks, and it’s not clear why.
At the 68th session of the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York last month, he described homosexuality as a threat to human existence and criticised countries for regarding it as a human right. Last week, he made a unilateral decision to withdraw the Gambia from the Commonwealth of Nations, an organisation composed largely of former British colonies, saying his country will “never be a member of any neo-colonial institution.”
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