Roadmap to end Madagascar's crisis to be signed in July

09:49, June 29, 2011      

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The signing of the amended roadmap to end Madagascar's political crisis is scheduled to take place towards the end of July, local media disclosed on Tuesday.

The envoy of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Leonardo Simao, told local media that an official signing ceremony of the roadmap "will be held at the end of July in Madagascar."

Simao said after meeting with the transitional prime minister, Camille Vital, and senior military officials of the High Transitional Authority (HAT) on Monday.

On July 6, the envoy said, the roadmap will be presented to the International Contact Group on Madagascar, before presented to the SADC Peace and Security Council on July 7.

On July 6, Simao will be receiving views from the Madagascan political actors regarding the amendments made to the roadmap. Their opinions will be presented to the SADC executive secretary, Tomaz Salomao.

After the failure of the Maputo and Addis Ababa accords, the SADC proposed this roadmap. It was corrected by mediator Joachim Chissano in mid-February.

It was signed by eight Madagascan political entities in March and discussed at the SADC extraordinary summit in Windhoek, Namibia on May 20, where it was agreed that all parties should meet again in Sandton, South Africa.

The SADC has been engaged in the mediation process of the Madagascan crisis since 2009. However, the proposals by the regional organization have not been pleasant to all parties: if one of them accepted the SADC proposal, there was one to reject it.

The crisis began in December 2008, when opposition leader Andry Rajoelina led massive protests against then president Marc Ravalomanana.

With the backing of the military, Rajoelina replaced Ravalomanana in March 2009 as the leader of the Indian Ocean island country.

But the takeover has been considered unconstitutional. Mediation has been conducted between Rajoelina's HAT and the camps respectively headed by three former presidents Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy. There has been no breakthrough.

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