27 July 2012

Southern Africa: SADC Mediates Madagascar Talks

Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN
With most aid suspended, Madagascar is progressively sliding into greater fragility.

Pretoria — The Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Organ Troika has agreed that the political leaders of Madagascar should reconvene to conclude the outstanding issues stemming from the implementation of the roadmap.

This was the outcome of the SADC Troika Summit aimed at resolving the Malagasy political crisis which was presided over by President Jacob Zuma in Seychelles.

The meeting saw President Andry Rajoelina and the man he toppled in 2009, Marc Ravalomanana meeting face to face for the first time.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the Troika said the presence of the two leaders in the meeting was a clear indication of their commitment towards finding a lasting solution to end the political crisis in the country.

"Discussions were cordial and the participants displayed good leadership. All the parties were satisfied with the progress that had been made in bringing H.E Andry Rajoelina and H.E Marc Ravalomanana together in search for a lasting political solution in Madagascar," read the statement.

The rivals are set to hold talks in the coming weeks to try and break the deadlock.

Last month, the SADC summit in Angola had instructed the parties to conclude reconciliation talks by 31 July.

The Indian Island has been in crisis since 2009 when then opposition leader Rajoelina ousted president Ravalomanana, who was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of demonstrators by elite troops.

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