§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a1028W statement about British and European policy towards The Gambia following the recent coup.
§ Mr. Baldry
We and our European partners have condemned the overthrow of the democratically elected government of The Gambia. We have made it clear that the four-year election timetable announced by the armed forces provisional ruling council is wholly unsatisfactory. Together with our EU partners, Britain announced on 12 October that it was suspending all military co-operation and balance of payments support and would review new aid projects on a case-by-case basis.
Copies of United Kingdom and European Union statements on The Gambia have been placed in the Libraries of the House.