Madagascar leaders irresponsible - SA

2012-01-24 16:46

Pretoria - South Africa says efforts to mediate a solution to Madagascar's political crisis have been frustrated by the irresponsible behaviour of the Indian Ocean island nation's rival leaders.

South African Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman gave his blunt assessment before heading into a meeting on Tuesday with factions from Madagascar, which has been in turmoil since Marc Ravalomanana was toppled as president in 2009 in a coup led by Andry Rajoelina.

Fransman says a weekend attempt by Ravalomanana to fly home from his South African exile was premature, saying it was "unfortunate and it was irresponsible".

Fransman also says Rajoelina, who blocked Ravalomanana's journey mid-flight on Saturday, was irresponsible for threatening to arrest Ravalomanana.

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-01-24 17:47

    "irresponsible behaviour" . Look who is calling the pot black.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-25 10:37

    South Africa's government would do well to stop making comments which highlight its inability to negotiate its way out of a paper packet.

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