AU on efforts to promote stability in Madagascar

Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad held discussions with French officials in Paris Tuesday on efforts to promote stability in Madagascar.
"We discussed Madagascar and we now have to work together to see how we can stabilise the Malagasy situation because as you know, the AU (African Union) did not allow Madagascar to participate in the last Summit (in Durban, South Africa, in July)," Pahad told PANA after his talks with French officials.
He said the Durban Summit mandated the AU Chairman and South African President Thabo Mbeki "to work expeditiously to try to find a solution to the crisis".
Pahad said he discussed with French officials "the (French) understanding of the (Malagasy) situation.
The Indian Ocean Island has been embroiled in political crisis over disputed results of the 16 December 2001 presidential poll involving former President Didier Ratsiraka and former Mayor of Antananarivo, Marc Ravalomanana, who has now assumed leadership of the country.
Pahad said AU planned to institute a preventative mechanism to nip crises in the bud on the continent.
According to him, the AU's Constitutive Act is clear on the need for good governance and also empowers the Union to intervene in crisis situations.
Pahad said African leaders were committed to good governance, expected to curb violence and conflicts on the continent.
He explained that this commitment was tied to the need to eradicate poverty and enhance the quality of life of the people towards the creation of peaceful conditions for development.

06 august 2002 20:04:00

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