The Togolese Diaspora demands that General Eyadéma dissolve
the National Assembly during March 2000, as promised, and that he
hold truly free and transparent elections in Togo as soon as possible.
On June 21, 1998, the people of Togo clearly demonstrated their desire
for change, by voting massively for the opposition. By declaring himself
the winner, against the wishes of the people, Eyadéma and his government
placed themselves in an illegal position. Moreover, by installing, in March
1999, an Assembly which did not reflect the wishes of the people,
the old regime of Eyadéma has only worsened the already very unstable
socio-political situation in Togo.
After several rounds of negotiations between government and the opposition
parties, in the presence of facilitators and with the purpose of settling
these two electoral issues, it has been decided that the current National
Assembly be dissolved in March 2000 and that new democratic elections
take place without further delay.
During the visit of the French President to Togo in July 1999, General
Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who has been in power for 33 years, declared
formally « I pledge to dissolve the National Assembly in March
2000 and I will hold new elections.» On the basis of this commitment
the discussions proceed to find a settlement to the crisis in Togo. This
pledge, made by the head of state before the nation and before the international
community must be honoured, and this must be done within the time that
was agreed upon. In light of the severity of the situation in Togo, the
Togolese Diaspora for Democracy (DIASTODE) feels that this is the very
least that the head of state can do to show his goodwill, and to give hope
to the people of Togo. General Eyadéma should accept the will of
his people, in order to regain the confidence of investors in Togo, to
lead the country out of its international isolation, and to take advantage
of the conditions for economic revival.
With the democratization of Togo and the well-being of its people in
mind, the Diastode asks:
- that General Gnassingbé Eyadéma honour his "word
as a soldier" and immediately dissolve the Togolese National Assembly;
- that the Government and the political Parties of Togo leave no
stone unturned to organize truly free and transparent legislative elections
without any further delay, according to the constitution;
- that the Government of Togo decline to host the next summit of
the OAU, in order to deal with the real problems which face the country.
The DIASTODE takes this opportunity to express once again its admiration
for the Togolese people, who, in spite of their trials, have decidedly
chosen to follow the path of justice and democracy in Togo.
Ottawa (Ontario) Canada, March 22nd, 2000
For the Secretary of Diastode
Dr Emmanuel Kossivi Ayigah