February 20, 2005


African Group Imposes Sanctions on Togo (Gabi Menezes, 20 February 2005, VOA News)

The West African grouping, ECOWAS, has suspended Togo and imposed sanctions on the government of President Faure Gnassingbe, who was installed by the military after the death of his father and is refusing to step down.

The member states of ECOWAS are increasing pressure on Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe to step down. Member states have recalled their diplomats from the country, and the group is imposing an arms embargo on Togo and a travel ban on Togolese officials.

Although Mr. Gnassingbe said Friday that he would hold elections within 60 days, ECOWAS said in a statement, that is not enough. [...]

France, Togo's former colonial power, gave its full support to ECOWAS' decisions, and called for a quick restoration of 'full constitutional legality.'

The State Department issued a statement backing ECOWAS' decision to impose sanctions, and said it was ending all military assistance to the country.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2005 12:24 PM

The French decision here is interesting because Eyadema(Faure's father) was so far up Chirac's butt it would have taken dynamite to get him out. We may actually be seeing the beginning of the end of the French colonial presence in West Africa. They can't sustain it anymore so as in Vietnam, they are going to let the Americans do all the lifting.

Posted by: Bart at February 20, 2005 1:11 PM

I'm having a hard time imagining what an African sanction would consist of.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at February 23, 2005 4:22 PM
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