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Johannesburg, 01 April 2011
Madagascar’s three major political movements – representing over 80% of the Malagasy people – have welcomed the announcement by the SADC “troika” that it is to convene an urgent extraordinary summit on the country, saying they have pulled Madagascar back from the brink of disaster.
Speaking on behalf of himself and former presidents Ratsiraka and Zafy, the leaders of the major political movements, exiled Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanana said: “We are delighted that the SADC roadmap has not been accepted by the troika and that they have effectively re-stated that the regime in Madagascar was and is still illegal.
“We now have a chance for peace in our country. Instead of the current unilateral action, we can work with the mediation team towards a truly inclusive government of national unity.
“It is significant that the official communiqué of the Troika meeting, by recalling and reiterating its decisions of March 2009 on the urgent need to restore constitutional order in Madagascar, firmly rebuts the actions of the coup leader who is acting unilaterally in trying to set up his own government.
“It is also significant that the communiqué again commits itself to Malagacho-Malagache dialogue to be guided by consensus, inclusivity and transparency,” President
“What is happening Madagascar is exactly the opposite of what SADC is calling for. The regime is trying to push ahead without consensus, as none of the three major political mouvances have accepted the SADC roadmap. There is no inclusivity and there is no transparency – the regime continues to jail and detain its political opponents. It is also keeping major political players out of the country.
“The SADC troika seems to have recognised that the SADC roadmap is fatally flawed.
Their intervention has given us hope. They have recognised that the only thing that will restore peace to Madagascar is internationally supervised free-and-fair elections.
“The three political mouvances are prepared to play their part honestly and openly, rejecting violence as we strive for full participation in the political future of our country,” he said.
Patrick Gearing, Meropa Communications