Gambia Gov't Condemns EU Article Eight Political Dialogue

Following the preparatory meeting of relevant sectors on Government of The Gambia/EU Article 8 Political Dialogue during which the EU presented conditionalities for The Gambia government to meet within a certain time frame, the Office of the President wishes to inform the EU that it will not implement any of the 17 points highlighted on the basis of Article 8 Political Dialogue which undermines not only its integrity but peace and stability as an independent and sovereign state with its fundamental rights to operate within the parameters of duly constituted laws.

A media release from State House made it clear that it does not accept such impositions as regard its domestic matters, thereby, condemning any attempt to interfere with the internal affairs of the country, especially those dealing with the implementation of the domestic laws which have been enacted and accepted by the Gambian people and passed by its legislature.

The government of The Gambia the release went on considers such impositions as an infringement on its rights as an independent and sovereign nation and as an equal member of the human race and the government categorically rejects this development and calls for an immediate cessation of attempts to meddle in the internal political affairs of the country.

Below is the full text of the release;

The government of The Gambia wishes to bring to the attention of Gambians in particular and the international community including the EU in general that The Gambia attained Independence on the 18 February 1965 thereby bidding ADIEU to colonialism, subjugation and humiliation that spanned 400 years.

During the 400 years of colonial occupation and misrule, the Gambia lost everything that was necessary for her development ranging from flora and fauna to youths i.e. energetic young men and women who were captured and forced into slavery.All this looting of animals, precious plant species, energetic men and women in their prime, mineral and agricultural resources, water resources and sale of our land were part of a calculated European Agenda to impoverish the African continent and turn dignified and wealthy Mother Africa into a continent of the wretched.

The Gambia was a very large and wealthy kingdom where elephants roamed in their thousands since creation or for millions of years in addition to other exotic wild life species like giraffes, lions, cheetahs different types of dear and antelopes zebras, ostrich, hippos, lions, rhinos just to name a few.The Gambia and the River Gambia was the centre of trade in ivory between Africans themselves and between Gambians and the first European explorers mainly from Portugal etc.

It was this lucrative trade in Ivory that attracted the English or colonial Britain to the Gambia with catastrophic consequences. Colonialism which lasted for a little more than 400 years ended in 1965, with loss of all the hundreds of thousands of the elephants that existed for millions of years before the coming of the Europeans in general and the British in particular, loss of thousands of young men and women into slavery and hundreds of Gambians that were conscripted to fight in the two world wars, on the side of Great Britain and her allies, and the loss of a greater part of our land territory.The land size of the Gambia, changed from an elephant sized Giant country into a lizard sized country within four hundred years of British occupation.Our marine and mineral resources that we lost during this period cannot also be quantified.

At independence in 1965, strangely enough those Gambian leaders accepted being given a lizard of a country as an independent unviable state instead of the elephant Giant of a country that they came to occupy 400 years before. Gambians preferring independence to bondage, accepted the loss of their land and settled for what was left of the homeland as the Republic of the Gambia at a huge loss.

If the Independence of little Gambia as a sovereign state on the 18th of February 1965 was in doubt, the advent of the July 22nd 1994 Revolution buttressed and exemplified Gambia's total independence as a sovereign dignified albeit small state that will never be colonized again.

Unfortunately for some outside powers, especially the EU, they don't seem to see that little poor Gambia will never be anybody's colony in whatever form and certainly not after 18 years of revolutionary reconstruction and unprecedented development. Our 18 years development cannot be matched to any development of any kind during the 400 years of British and European occupation and misrule of The Gambia.

These facts being the case, GOTG considers it as an insult to our sovereignty, dignity, culture and our religion the agenda being imposed by the EU with time lines for implementation by this administration under the pretext of Article 8.

This sinister agenda is intended to cause the following effects:

1.Make criminals lords over all the law abiding citizens as they will be rewarded for their criminal activities whilst law abiding Gambians are punished by being at the mercy of criminals;

2.Turn the Gambia; a Muslim country, into a sinful, abominable and Allah disobeying country by allowing the children of Satan, the biggest threat to human existence, otherwise called homosexuals walk the streets of the Gambia freely.Homo-sexuality is not only satanic, but a serious danger to human existence as they disobey Allah's orders to Adam and Awa to procreate and inhabit the Earth.

The future of this country or any other country of human being created by Allah, would be seriously jeopardized and threatened if babies fail to be produced.The Human race would be extinct if we stop procreation by allowing these satanic children(Homo-sexuals) any little space in our pure and dignified Muslim country.

3.Destabilize the country and destroy our livelihoods and all the achievements we made painstakingly over the last 18 years.

4.Loose our dignity and self esteem as an Independence and dignified African country by having our laws that reflect the wishes and aspirations of this Muslim nation based on our culture but more importantly our religion, to be replaced by laws imposed by an alien culture that do not believe in our religion, culture and more importantly Allah's existence.

All these insults and arrogance just for the sake of chicken change called AID or Development Assistance.As a Muslim country, we believe and put our destiny in Allah the Almighty, the one and only supreme Authority for Mankind, Lord of the worlds and Only HE is worthy of being worshipped and obeyed; not to the European Union or any western or Eastern power that exists or will exist on this Earth.

Dangling Aid over our heads as enticement for us to be lured into losing our dignity, offend Allah and be re-colonised is both immoral and insulting not only to Gambians in particular but Africans in general, taking into account the fact that the wealth of Europe today was due to the merciless looting and pillaging of Africa and her resources for more than four centuries.

The Gambia, as small as we are reduced to today thanks to European Colonialism, will neither be dictated to, nor be re-colonised in whatever form because of Aid etc. Therefore the Agenda put forward by the EU with time imposed deadlines are unacceptable and a non-starter.Our laws concerning any activity and meant to ensure law and order in the country (as this is a country of human beings) would not be weakened if not strengthened and enforced to the letter.

The EU should rather explain to the Gambia, why blacks are being killed in EU member countries cockroaches and their killers never brought to justice; why Africans (black) have to go through hell seven times before they are issued visas to enter EU member states.

If the EU believes in what they are proposing to the Gambia why are Africans being not only Arbitrarily deported for no reasons other than being blacks on a daily basis and end up not only being destitute but become insane as a consequence.Are Blacks not human beings that should have the right to go to Europe for a better life after the European have looted and sucked the African continent dry for more than 4 centuries?.

We Africans would not come to your continent today and bother you, if you Europeans stayed in your continent yesterday. The government of The Gambia is making it abundantly clear that Homosexual will not be entertained on Gambian soil for whatever reasons as our culture and our religion forbid such decadent and abominable behaviours detrimental to human existence.

However, the EU is welcome to give all Homosexuals, visa free entry to EU member-states and as well as permanent residency therein.This will allow the EU to give them better protection and freedom they yearn for since they speak the same language and share the same belief.

For the information of the Gambian populace the following are the items propose to be imposed for implementation by the Gambia government with their time lines.

Concrete benchmarks and timelines - reinforced Article 8 dialogue

"The EU has express its concern over what it views as a significant deterioration in the human rights situation in The Gambia in recent months, notably the execution of nine death row inmates, the closure of media organizations, and the arbitrary arrest and detention of journalists and human rights defenders.

In view of these events, and in addition to a persistent lack of progress made on the commitments undertaken by The Gambia at successive Article 8 meetings, the EU considers that a phase of Intensified Political dialogue with the Government must be launched.This process, foreseen in Article 8 (8) and Annex VII of the Cotonou Agreement, precedes consultations under Article 96 of the Agreement.

Under Intensified Political dialogue, specific benchmarks serve as mechanisms for reaching targets with regards to human rights, democratic principles and rule of law, through the setting of intermediate objectives and time frames for compliance.The draft list of possible benchmarks and timelines below are the EU's proposals for discussion during the next Article 8 meeting:

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