AU rises up against "illegal regime" in Madagascar

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU), worried about the unendin g political crisis in Madagascar, has warned the illegal regime in the country a g ainst any attempt to impose unilateral solutions, sources from the just-ended or d inary summit told PANA on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.
The AU maintains that the Maputo accord and the Addis Ababa Constitutional Act constitute the â?only road map towards a comprehensive solution to the crisis in Madagascar".
In the same vein, the summit of heads of state and government expressed satisfac tion over the efforts of the AU and the Southern Africa Development Community (S A DC) to restore constitutional order in Madagascar.
The AU has expressed total support to out-of-crisis proposals presented to Malagasy stakeholders last July by the chairperson of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, and exhorts international partners to keep supporting ongoing efforts to restore constitutional order and resolve the Malagasy crisis.
The AU calls on its Peace and Security Council (PSC) to meet so as to review the Malagasy situation and take the necessary decisions in the light of the legal instruments of the continental organization.
During the preparatory proceedings of the summit, Ping announced that Malagasy p rotagonists had two weeks to answer the proposals of the international Contact G r oup (ICG) subject to undergoing sanctions from the international community.
He indicated that the AU entrusted to SADC to spearhead the process expected to lead to a negotiated settlement to the Malagasy crisis through the r eturn to constitutional order, while ruling out the resort to force.
The political transition agreement signed on 8 August in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, compels stakeholders to end to the crisis which led last March to the illegal ousting of a democratically-elected president Marc Rav alomanana.
The agreement stipulates that the transition must not exceed 15 months from the date of the signing and will lead to the organisation of presidential and parliamentary elections under the supervision of the international community.
It was signed by the president of the Supreme Transitional Authority (STA), Andry Rajoelina, the deposed president, Marc Ravalomanana, and former presidents Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy, in the presence of international mediators including the representative of the United Nations, Tiأ©bilأ© Dramأ©.
The agreement crowns negotiations led by former Mozambican president, Joaquim Chissano, the SADC mediator.
Exiled in South Africa, Mr Ravalomanana left power after two months of a social and political crisis marked by his differences with and Mr Rajoelina, then mayor of Antananarivo, the Malagasy capital.

02 february 2010 23:38:00

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