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The Gambia And Senegal

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what effect the merger of The Gambia with Senegal will have on Anglo-Gambian relations; whether the British mission to the Gambia will be closed; and what relationship the new Gambia-Senegal merger will have with the Commonwealth.

A joint communiqué issued by the Presidents of Senegal and The Gambia on 14 November stated clearly that each country is to maintain its independence and sovereignty within the proposed confederation. President Jawara has said that the confederation would not compromise any of the agreements which link The Gambia to Great Britain and the rest of the Commonwealth. We have no plans to close the British high commission in Banjul.