Togo parties sign deal to end political, economic crises 2006-08-21 13:00:33

    LOME, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Togo's parties on Sunday officially signed the deal aimed at ending the country's political and economic crises and forming a government of national unity, and called for the European Union (EU) to resume aid suspended from 1993.

    President Faure Gnassingbe chaired the signing of the accord, struck at talks in neighboring Burkina Faso on Friday. The deal is expected to lead to the forming of a new government and the organizing of legislative elections by October 2007.

    Delegates at the signing ceremony also called on the EU to resume aid, which was frozen in 1993 for what the bloc called poor democratic record of then President Gnassingbe Eyadema. The EU also made a formal political dialogue between the government and the opposition a condition of any resumption.

    Talks between the Togo rivals restarted in April after a long break following the death of Gnassingbe Eyadema early last year.

    However, negotiations were suspended last month over disagreements on the composition of the independent national electoral commission and other issues.

    At talks brokered by Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, the Togo rivals reached a deal on Friday. Enditem

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