Britain changes rep and re-designate mission to Banjul

17 Nov
British Ambassador Colin Crorkin MBE with take up his appointment in June 2014 (Photo: British Embassy)

British Ambassador Colin Crorkin MBE will take up his appointment in June 2014 (Photo: British Embassy)

By Modou S. Joof

Mr Colin Crorkin MBE [member of the British Empire] has been appointed on Thursday Her Majesty’s Ambassador to The Gambia in succession to Mr David Morley.

Crorkin, who takes up his appointment in June 2014, joined the FCO [foreign and commonwealth office] in 1975 and has most recently served as Consul General at the British Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The British High Commission has also been re-designated as the British Embassy, following The Gambia’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth, according to a statement issued in Banjul on November 14.

The Gambia made a shock exit of the Commonwealth of Nations on October 2, calling it a ‘neo-colonial institution’. It  said the withdrawal is “final and non-negotiable”.

Crorkin’s career spans numerous postings in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to Afghanistan he served for almost five years as Deputy Head of Mission in Manila, Philippines.

He is quoted as saying: “I am delighted to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to The Republic of The Gambia and I look forward to doing everything I can to strengthen the relationship between our two countries.”

“There are strong cultural and family connections which bring us together.  I look forward to working with our partners in both government and civil society to deepen our broad-based ties,” he said.

Out of favour

In April, The Gambia earns specific mention in a Foreign and Commonwealth Office report that highlighted serious human rights violations in the country.

The British High Commissioner to Banjul, David Morley, apparently fell out of favour with the Jammeh regime when he expressed personal disappointment that “for the first time ever, The Gambia earns a specific mention in its pages by way of a specific case study”.

In response, the Government of The Gambia said “Britain has no moral authority to dictate moral standards of rectitude and democracy to any former colony in Africa” and described Morley’s attitude as“provocative, disruptive and undiplomatic design”.

Britain’s change of rep. and re-designation of mission to Banjul comes the same dayThe Gambia cut off 18 years of diplomatic ties with Taiwan on November 14 saying the decision has been taken in its “strategic national interest”.

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