8 February 2005
Following Death of Togos President, Secretary-General Says Transfer of Power Should Be Peaceful, Consistent with Constitution
NEW YORK, 7 February (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued Saturday, 5 February, by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General expressed his deep sorrow upon learning of the sudden death today of President Gnassingbe Eyadema of the Republic of Togo.
President Eyadema played a central role in the governance of his country for almost 40 years. During that period, he also made a significant contribution to the peaceful settlement of disputes in Africa in general and in West Africa in particular.
The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government and people of Togo.
The Secretary-General trusts that the Togolese authorities will take all necessary measures to preserve stability in the country and ensure a peaceful transfer of power consistent with the Constitution and the rule of law.
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