Outgoing President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia has been unreachable by the phone, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said.
”Despite efforts to reach President Yahya Jammeh by phone, the Secretary-General has not yet been able to speak with him”, the statement by Stephane Dujarric, Ban Ki-Moon’s spokesman said in a statement in New York.
The UN chief has, however, spoken with Adama Barrow, the President-elect, to congratulate him on his electoral victory and to reiterate the commitment of the UN to a peaceful, timely and orderly transfer of power.
In a readout of the phone call to Barrow, Ban Ki Moon said the UN welcomed and fully supported the December 17 decision of ECOWAS to support the safety of the president-elect.
Ban advised the president-elect to urge his supporters to show restraint and not resort to violence.
The secretary-general emphasized that the UN would support the will of the people in their election of Barrow as well as the future government in efforts to promote democracy and sustainable development of the country.
The UN Security Council and the AU have also expressed such support and have acknowledged Barrow as the president-elect after he defeated the incumbent, Jammeh, in the December 1 presidential election.
Jammeh has refused to accept the result of the election after first congratulating Barrow.
He has approached the Supreme Court on the matter.