GHANA SEEKING TO RESOLVE POLITICAL DEADLOCK IN NEIGHBOURING TOGO IN ITS OWN INTEREST, SAYS PRESIDENT

ACCRA, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the government is taking steps to resolve the rising political stalemate in neighbouring Togo, in Ghana's own interest.

He said here Monday the deadlock between the opposition political parties and the Togolese government was a matter of great concern to Ghana, adding: I cannot be idle as these events take place.

President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance when Togbega Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of the Anlo-Aflao Traditional State, together with the chiefs of the State, paid a courtesy call on him at his Flagstaff House office in Accra.

Togbega Fiti V pleaded with the President to intervene in the standoff to restore peace and order in Togo in order to prevent a situation where the influx of refugees could upset the economic fortunes of the Aflao Traditional Area.

The president disclosed that he had had serious discussions with Togolese leader President Faure Gnassingbe when Faure called on him in Tamale, the capital of Ghana' Northern Region (Province) last month when he was on a tour of Northern Region. He said he was also in talks with other political actors in Togo to chart a path for lasting peace in Ghana's eastern neighbour.

The Togolese President came to see me in Tamale 10 days ago, and I have been meeting a lot of the political actors in the situation, and, definitely, we are all working to see how we can bring this crisis to a closure, and bring stability and peace back to Togo. It is in all of our interests to do so, he said.

The President recounted the disturbances that occurred in 2005, in the wake of the death of the former President of Togo, Gnassingbe Eyadema, and the succession problems it created, which resulted in over 100,000 Togolese refugees streaming across the border into Ghana.

Anything that happens in Togo is a matter of great concern to you. It is a matter of concern to us and all the people of Ghana. You can be sure that I cannot be idle, as these events take place, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK