Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on the political situation in Togo after the death of President Eyadema

P 009/05

Brussels, 9 February 2005 - The European Union has received news of the death of President Eyadema. It offers its sincere condolences to the President's family and to the Togolese people.

The European Union is following political developments in Togo with concern and supports the declarations made by the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS calling for the democratic process to be observed. The EU condemns any violation of the constitutional provisions governing the provisional exercise of power, which it regards as a coup d'état. It calls on all politicians and State institutions to work to ensure a peaceful transition towards a democratic system.