Opposition seek talks with Eyadema on crisis

Togolese opposition parties have told President Gnassingbe Eyadema he should send a formal invitation to the party of his main rival, Gilchrist Olympio, and outside mediators to take part in talks to defuse the political crisis, Reuters reported yesterday. The crisis dates back to June when Eyadema was declared first-round winner in the presidential election, a result contested by Olympio and his Union des forces du changement (UFC). Foreign observers also expressed reservations about the poll and the European Union has since suspended some aid to the country. The UFC is demanding talks on a global political agreement on security and alternation of power.