20 December 2012

Gambia: NAMs Passed Resolution to Support Peace in East China Sea

National Assembly Members yesterday at the House of parliament in Banjul passed a resolution to support the President of the Republic of China on Taiwan Ma Yin-Jeon on a new initiative to finding a peaceful resolution on disputes over the islands in the East China Sea.

"The East China Sea Peace Initiative" which is being introduced by the government of China on Taiwan to the Gambia Government according to NAMs, is a good initiative which if supported will go a long way in making peace reign in the East of China.

Passing the resolution, the Majority Leader and Member for Serrekunda East Fabakary Tombong Jatta said the people of China solicit the support of the President, Government and people of The Gambia, including the National Assembly, to their effort on this new peace initiative. He described the initiative as laudable and equitable. "It is a well taught strategy that is aimed at providing a peaceful resolution to the territorial disputes, dangerously protracted between the important state parties of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Peoples' Republic of China and Japan", he said.

According to Hon. Jatta, the initiative will also provide an amicable win- win solution for all parties without resorting to the use of force. He called on the state parties, the United Nations and all its organs and the entire International community to support, enhance and facilitate the smooth implementation of this new initiative. He also urged the UN Secretary General and the Security Council to consider and adopt a persuasive resolution, calling on all protractors to lend support to the good effort of the initiative in the interest of international peace and security.

In seconding the motion, the member for Banjul South, Hon. Baboucarr Nyang gave a brief history of the problem between the said state parties. He said in the 1930s Japan, then a regional power, invaded and occupied China, including Taiwan. He said the occupation ended when the Japanese were defeated in 1945. Explaining further Hon. Nyang said the defeat of Japan was followed by a civil war between the Nationalists led by Chiang Kai Shek and the Communists by Mao Tze Tung. The Communists, he said, won and the Nationalists left the main land and moved to the Island now called Taiwan.

According to the Member for Banjul South, both the Nationalists in Taiwan and the Communists on the mainland consider Taiwan as a province of China. He added that they cannot agree on who has the right to rule the whole country. Despite its problem, he noted, Taiwan has a striving economy and has established a democratic system of government. He described Japan as an economic power and China as both a military and economic power. "Therefore any miscalculation could lead to a major conflict which could be very disastrous to the area and the world. Taiwan could be seriously affected considering its close proximity to the Diayatal Island", said Hon. Nyang.

Other Members who added their voices to the resolution also supported the motion.

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