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SADC mediation team to Madagascar

2011-09-13 22:36

Johannesburg - Southern African officials will visit Madagascar on Wednesday to assess progress in efforts to end the country's protracted leadership battle, the South African government said.

A delegation of the Southern African Development Community's policy, defence and security organ, known as the Troika, "will urge the parties to accept the road map modified at the extraordinary summit" of the regional body in Johannesburg in June, a government statement said on Tuesday.

Led by South Africa's deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Marius Fransman, the delegation will also include Tanzanian and Zambian officials, and will stay in Madagascar for two days.

Former Madagascan president Marc Ravalomanana has been living in South Africa since stepping down in March 2009 amid violent street protests and handing power to the military - which promptly ceded it to strongman Andry Rajoelina, then the mayor of the capital Antananarivo.

Ravalomanana has refused to sign a roadmap backed by the SADC which would keep Rajoelina as president of a transitional government and allow his return from exile in South Africa when security conditions are "favourable".

Ravalomanana faces life in prison in Madagascar after being sentenced in absentia over the killing of demonstrators by his presidential guard during the protests that led to his overthrow.

Mauritian Foreign Minister Arvin Boolel proposed in August that the SADC open a ministerial liaison office in Madagascar to promote the roadmap.

Comments
  • Verdade - 2011-09-14 02:57

    SADC can't even resolve the issues in Zim, how long have they been trying to resolve this crisis.... It leaves me cold!!!

      beicime - 2011-09-14 13:25

      There we are. AU and SADC solutions going nowhere. If African leaders ignore the AU and SADC why should the Western World pay any attention to those innefective organizations? Zuma is out of touch with realities both at home (i.e. Malema) and abroad (i.e. NATO).

      daaivark - 2011-09-14 13:31

      No no, beicime. He's just busy "applying his mind"... a long and involved procedure.

  • crmad - 2011-09-14 07:01

    It's all like a big game or something. I'll be glad when it is finally all over and done with!

      daaivark - 2011-09-14 07:15

      When what is over and done with, crmad?

  • beicime - 2011-09-14 13:25

    There we are. AU and SADC solutions going nowhere. If African leaders ignore the AU and SADC why should the Western World pay any attention to those innefective organizations? Zuma is out of touch with realities both at home (i.e. Malema) and abroad (i.e. NATO).

  • letsee - 2011-09-14 17:14

    Ha, ha, ha... lunches, dinners, talk and nothing out of it but time and money from tax payers.

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