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secretary-general applauds ghana, gambia for peacefully resolving differences
over deaths, disappearances of ghanaian nationals in gambia in 2005
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the Joint Communiqué signed today in Sirte, Libya, between the Governments of Ghana and the Gambia, to end the tension that arose following the deaths and disappearances of Ghanaian nationals in Gambian territory in 2005. The Secretary-General applauds both countries for their commitment to settle the differences between them in a peaceful and negotiated manner. He trusts that the Joint Communiqué will strengthen the existing fraternal and cordial bilateral relationship between Ghana and the Gambia.
The Secretary-General acknowledges and expresses appreciation for the immense contribution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which worked preventively and in partnership with the United Nations to resolve the problem between the two countries.
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