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UN Praises West Africa for ‘Preventive Diplomacy’

The United Nations Department of Political Affairs (UN DPA) has praised West Africa for its efforts in the area of preventive diplomacy.

According to UN DPA chief, Jeffrey Feltman, the region could serve as a model on how the UN can work with local partners to bring stability to regions or sub-regions.

“The situation in West Africa says a lot of the region’s growing capacity to deal with regional problems,” he told reporters at a briefing at the UN headquarters in New York.

The transition in the Gambia is “a very clear case of prevention,” in which the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the UN were “all united behind the will of Gambian people.”

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) scored high marks recently with its mediation efforts on the political impasse in the Gambia.

Although ECOWAS’s mediation team led by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari twice ended inconclusively with exiled leader Yahya Jammeh, the tough stands by the regional political bloc to ensure the will of the Gambian voters was lauded.

Feltman visited six African countries as part of the UN’s effort at assessing the political ambience in the region. Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Burkina Faso, The Gambia and Senegal all benefited from his trip.

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