Togo Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Apr 25, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to update U.S. citizens on the current unrest that is occurring in Togo prior to the planned presidential election on April 24, and to alert them to ongoing safety and security concerns. This Public Announcement expires on July 22, 2005.

In recent weeks, some regions in Togo, and especially the capital Lome, have experienced sporadic election-related violence. On April 22, just two days before the election, the Minister of the Interior unilaterally announced that the election should be postponed because of uncertainties surrounding the election process. Although the government of Togo has stated that the election will proceed as scheduled, there is division within the government and ambiguity about what may occur in the period immediately surrounding the election. Additionally, the government is intermittently closing all land borders.

Americans to date have not been targeted by any violence, but anti-foreigner sentiment is building. The U.S. Embassy has received reports of several incidents of people being harassed because they were presumed to be French. The United Nations has advised all non-essential personnel to leave Togo.

U.S. citizens in Togo are strongly urged to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and to avoid crowds and public gatherings. Please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Togo and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States or Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from overseas. American citizens in Togo who are in need of assistance should telephone the Embassy at (228) 221-2992.

The U.S. Embassy in Lome may close temporarily for general business from time to time to review its security posture. American citizens visiting or resident in Togo are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy by calling (228) 221-2992, by fax at (228) 221-7952, or by completing a registration form on-line at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/home.asp.

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