In Paris, president Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo has been holding talks with French premier Raymond Barre.
In Paris, president Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo has been holding talks with French premier Raymond Barre. Tuesday's (13 September) discussions followed last week's meeting between the military ruler of the tiny West African state and President Giscard d'Estaing.
SYNOPSIS: The Togolese ambassador's residence in Paris was the scene of the meeting between President Eyadema and premier Barre. During his stay in Paris General Eyadema also planned talks with defence minister Yvon Bourges and minister for co-operation Robert Galley. Since he saw President Giscard, the Togolese head of state has been visiting West Germany.
In an interview with a Paris newspaper, General Eyadema expressed his worries about the wide differences of political opinion in Africa. He said the seriousness of the ideological conflicts was dividing the continent.
Talking to reporters outside the ambassador's residence Mr. Bare said they'd discussed the influence of the developed countries on the Third World. He pointed out that they suffered more from events like the oil crisis because they could afford price increases less.
In the newspaper interview, President Eyadema was asked whether he intend to end military rule in Togo. The general replied that he had proposed such a change on several occasions, but each time there had been spontaneous public demonstrations calling for him to remain as head of state. He said that his regime was not really military because all his ministers were civilians.