Pre-Ultimatum: ECOWAS leaders meet with Gambian ex-president, Jammeh

By Oladapo Okeowo

As part of efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the political impasse in Gambia, Presidents Alpha Conde and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Guinea and Mauritania have taken off for The Gambia.

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The two men, who are long-time allies of Jammeh, hope to be able to convince Jammeh to take the deadline given to him by the ECOWAS leaders.

Jammeh has been given till midday to leave peacefully or face an advance by regional forces who already are within the country.

“We still have every chance for a peaceful solution,” Aziz said. “We have every interest in achieving that, we have enough conflicts in Africa going on without adding another.”

Conde, on his own, says a political solution “must be found” before boarding their flight.

According to Reuters, Conde and Aziz left the main airport in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, at 11:05 local time (1105 GMT).