Addressing a news conference at the end of the 30th high level meeting of heads of the UN Missions in West Africa, Chambas mentioned that UNMIL will remain fully engaged in the 2017 presidential elections.
UNMIL, Chambas said, will continue to work with national institutions, civil society and other stakeholders to support the electoral process in Liberia.
“Liberia has already witnessed twice the holding of transparent and peaceful elections since the end of the civil war so; we can only expect that these elections will be an improvement on two previous elections that have been held,” he stated, noting, “certainly you will see ECOWAS, AU and many bilateral partners involved to provide the necessary support to ensure peaceful and credible elections”.
Commenting on the current political situation in the Gambia, the UN envoy for West Africa indicated that heads of mission expressed serious concern over the rejection of the 1 December election results by the incumbent president of the Gambia and called for peaceful transfer of power.
He said the UN supports the collective decision of ECOWAS. “We are there to work with ECOWAS to reinforce ECOWAS as a regional institution,” Chambas stated, noting, “in the event that president Jammeh refuses, as he seems to be doing at this point, the international community will be united against him.”
He however emphasized that ECOWAS will use all necessary means to have him (Jammeh) accept the will of the Gambian people and respect the constitution of the Gambia.
“ECOWAS position is not only supported by the UN, but by the African Union and the wider international community like the EU and other bilateral countries. They have come with a position that the will of the people of Gambia as expressed in the elections of December 1, should be respected”, he said.