Togo crisis progress is encouraging

UNFOLDING developments in the political impasse in Togo show progress and the seeming willingness on the part of the feuding parties to find a cure to the issue.

FROM what we are witnessing, it is obvious that there is a demonstrable willingness on the part of the feuding parties to end the matter as early as possible.

AS we stated in an editorial somewhere last week the parties must be guided by the fact that the interest of the good people of Togo must succeed all their vested interests.

JUST last week, Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, set up a Presidential Task Force Committee with the responsibility of settling the Togo matter amicably which committee met the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé Eyadéma, and the Coalition of 14 opposition parties.

THAT, indeed, marked the beginning of good things to happen so far as the issue is concerned.

TODAY we are being told that President Akufo-Addo last week Friday (February 23, 2018) succeeded in impressing upon the incumbent government and the opposition parties in Togo to end all forms of actions that disturb the peace of that country and instead engage in dialogue to iron out whatever differences there are.

TODAY is happy at this latest development, particularly when the feuding parties are demonstrating real commitment towards ensuring a lasting peace in Togo.

AND one thing is also clear that all the parties involved want a quick resolve to the matter at hand.

MOVING forward, we expect that the frankness and the ceding of entrenched positions by the parties will continue to characterise subsequent dialogues of the committee.

IN fact, Today is optimistic that if this continues the Togolese political impasse could be resolved quickly without too many complexities.

FOR us on this paper, we have taken particular interest in the Togo crisis because any spillover(s) could have some consequences for Ghana.

THAT is the more reason why we are excited at the lead role being played by President Akufo-Addo.

WE, therefore, want to use this medium to call on the feuding parties in Togolese matter to act with utmost restraint and caution as a lasting peace is found to the impasse

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