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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 17, 2005


Togo: U.S. Concern Over Continuing Violence

The United States is concerned by the continuing violence in Togo since the Presidential election. We call on the security forces, government and political parties to exercise control and seek peaceful resolution of conflict. Detainees should be placed on trial or released.

The United States welcomes the initiative of Nigerian President Obasanjo, as Chairman of the African Union, with the support of President Bongo of Gabon and the Economic Community of West African States, to bring all parties together in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 19. This is a major step toward reducing the tensions caused by a disputed election and should initiate a political dialogue leading to a government of national union.

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