The European Union is pleased to note the start of the dialogue process in Togo on 21 April this year, followed by the adoption of an open agenda which fully addresses the fundamental questions which should contribute to laying the bases for lasting national reconciliation. This event represents an important step towards full compliance with the twenty-two undertakings made by the Togolese authorities. The European Union welcomes the efforts made to achieve this by President Faure Gnassingbé, the Government, Togo’s political class as a whole, and representatives of Tongolese civil society. It strongly encourages all participants to bring the dialogue to completion, and to find ways and means of effectively implementing its conclusions.

The European Union points out that it stands ready to support the action of the Togolese authorities in implementing the twenty-two undertakings, in compliance with the Council Decision of 15 November 2004. The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

Ref: 9073/1/06 REV 1 (Presse 130)