Fishing for votes on Turtles' Bay

22/09/2011
Fishing for votes on Turtles' Bay

The Togolese delegation, led by Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo, pursued its talks in New York this thursday in the framework of the UN 66th General Assembly.

While Palestine's likely accession to the rank of member-state predominates both general discussions and bilateral talks, the elections to be held mid-October for the non-permanent seats of the UN's Security Council also are a chief priority for many candidate nations that hope to secure the maximum of votes come election day.

 It is in this framework, that the Prime Minister met the Hungarian (photo) and Slovene heads of state, Mr. Pal Schmitt and Danilo Turk.

Both states, which are running for the same seat, have indicates their willingness to cast their ballot for Togo, which itself is a candidate to replace Nigeria, on the condition that Lomé reciprocates the favor.

The position of the Togolese authorities remains unknown at the present time.

The UE, even though it has not formulated an official position as of now, is side to be siding more on the Slovene side.

The Prime Minister also held talk with DRC President, Joseph Kabila. The two leaders discussed the security council seats election but largely focused on matters pertaining to bilateral ties. 

Later in the evening, Mr. Houngbo will attend a reception hosted by his Japanese counterpart,Yoshihiko Noda.

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