Posted by: africanpressorganization | 15 August 2008

UN / ECOWAS launch fact-finding team on the death of ghanaian nationals found in the Gambia


 

UN / ECOWAS launch fact-finding team on the death of ghanaian nationals found in the Gambia

 

ABUJA, Nigeria, August 15, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A joint UN-ECOWAS fact-finding team on the death of a number of Ghanaian nationals found buried in the territory of The Gambia in 2005 was launched on 15th August 2008 at the headquarters of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria.

 

The team, led by Mr. Curtis Ward, includes a representative each appointed by the Governments of The Gambia and Ghana. The launching was performed at the office of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, in the presence of Mr. Sammy Kum Buo, Director of Africa II Division in the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and of officials of the High Commissions of The Gambia and Ghana in Abuja.

 

The fact-finding team, which will be supported by experts, will be based at the Headquarters of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja.

 

The team leader, Mr. Ward, appointed jointly by the United Nations and ECOWAS, will visit The Gambia and Ghana shortly for preliminary discussions with government officials.

 

The joint UN-ECOWAS team was established at the request of the Governments of The Gambia and Ghana to facilitate efforts by both governments to bring peaceful closure to this matter, consistent with the principles of justice and respect for human rights and human dignity.

 

The final resolution of the matter will also help to restore and strengthen the traditionally cordial relations between the two countries.

 

 

SOURCE : ECOWAS


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