The winner of December’s presidential election in The Gambia says he is confident he will be sworn in next week despite President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to give up power.
“It will go ahead… I will be the president on the 19th,” Adama Barrow told BBC World Service.
He called on Mr Jammeh to engage in direct talks.
Mr Jammeh’s term officially ends next Wednesday. He has challenged the election results in court.
Foreign leaders from regional bloc Ecowas are due to arrive later in The Gambia to again try to persuade Mr Jammeh to step down on schedule.
The grouping has warned that it will consider removing him using military force if he refuses.
Mr Barrow, a property developer, said he was calling on Mr Jammeh to “respect the constitution”.
“We solve our problems within ourselves without the intervention of anybody. I think that’s what we’d prefer,” he said.
He said direct talks between the two men could be a way to resolve the tense situation in the tiny West African nation.
A lawyer for Mr Jammeh on Thursday filed a request with the Supreme Court asking for an injunction to block Mr Barrow’s swearing-in.
Mr Jammeh says he will not step down until his court challenge is heard in May.