The existence of peace is more than the mere absence of war, hunger and other human and natural disasters in the world. Peace has to begin right in our hearts and roll down to the community, the national and to the global level. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be heirs of the world. The Gambia, under President Jammeh, has placed strong emphasis on the need to have peace, progress and prosperity in the country, Africa and the world at large. That is why Gambian men and women are serving in peacekeeping missions in different countries in the world.
GAMCOY 17 is set to leave The Gambia for the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur to replace GAMCOY 16 and join their counterparts from other countries across the world. We wish to assure them that our hearts are with them and we are praying for their safe stay for the next twelve months, and for their return to rejoin their loved ones. It is indeed a pride and is noteworthy that Gambian men and women have been keeping the peace in Darfur from 2004 to date, precisely ten years; which is a very good record in the history of the country's contributions towards restoration of peace and stability abroad.
Gambian peacekeepers are highly rated by international organisations such as the United Nations (UN) the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and numerous other regional organisations. This rating was based on the exhibition of rare gallantry on the part of the Gambian security apparatus. They operate with the highest sense of discipline, commitment, integrity coupled with the striking desire to restore peace to the people of their host countries. Our security personnel have been raising the Gambian flag high from the inception of peacekeeping operations. They have made us proud despite our size and population.
The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), under the able command of President Jammeh attaches a lot to the existence of peace, progress and prosperity in the country and beyond as indicated in his personal intervention in conflict resolutions in the Republic of Guinea and Casamance among others, where he succeeded in bringing about lasting peace and stability.