February 16, 2005


Diplomats Hope for Resolution to Togo Crisis (Gabi Menezes, 16 February 2005, VOA News)

The West African regional grouping ECOWAS says that efforts to mediate what it calls an illegal presidency in Togo have been 'fruitful'. People in Togo are waiting for embattled President Faure Gnassingbe, who came to power with the help of the military, to make a speech on whether he will call elections for the country.

Diplomats from the Economic Community of West African States are making clear to Togo's new president that their demands to hold elections were non-negotiable, and the group has threatened sanctions against the small country.

Niger's Foreign Minister Aichatou Mindaoudou, one of the senior diplomats leading the talks, said discussions were 'fruitful and encouraging.'

A Togolese general, Seyi Memene, said that the military had agreed "to return the country to constitutional order," but did not give further details on whether elections would be held within 60 days as specified in the former constitution.

Give the Taliban and the Ba'ath a good hard shove and the dominoes start falling all over the board.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2005 7:01 PM
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