SADC saddened by Madagascar situation

2014-10-16 14:33
Marc Ravalomanana. (AFP, File)

Marc Ravalomanana. (AFP, File)

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Johannesburg - SADC expressed sadness on Thursday at the situation in Madagascar stemming from its former president Marc Ravalomanana's return to the country and subsequent arrest.

"In pursuit of sustainable political and security stability... article 20 of the SADC roadmap on Madagascar provides for the unconditional return of political exiles, including HE Marc Ravalomanana, the application of amnesty law, and national reconciliation," it said in a statement.

"While neither the SADC and the host country for Mr Ravalomanana, South Africa, were aware of Mr Ravalomanana's planned return, SADC calls for calm, political tolerance, and national reconciliation in Madagascar as a pre-requisite for political and security stability and socio-economic reconstruction."

Mediation spearheaded by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) led to the signing of the roadmap in September 2011.

French news agency Agence France-Presse on Tuesday reported that Ravalomanana's family were not aware of his whereabouts after he was seized by police shortly after his surprise return from exile.

Ravalomanana, who was ousted in a coup in 2009, was picked up by armed police at his home in the capital Antananarivo after addressing supporters on his return from South Africa on Monday, the news agency reported.

The family reportedly accused the authorities of kidnapping him and appealed to SADC or the South African ambassador to intervene.

SADC on Thursday said its recent summit in Zimbabwe called on Madagascar to adhere to its roadmap which included the unconditional return of political exiles and the application of amnesty law.

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