- The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the progress achieved in Madagascar towards the establishment of a Government of National Unity.
In a statement today, Ban Ki-moon urged the Malagasy leaders to quickly conclude the negotiations for the appointment of members of the transitional government and make the necessary concessions to ensure that the transitional process runs smoothly.
The statement reaffirmed that the United Nations will remain engaged in the mediation process through the Joint Mediation Team on Madagascar, chaired by former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano. It is committed to support the full implementation of the Maputo agreements and a rapid return to constitutional order through credible elections, Mr Ban said.
President Marc Ravalomanana resigned in early March amid a dispute with Andry Rajoelina, mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, who now leads the country.
Yesterday in Antananarivo, the UN Special Envoy Tiébilé Dramé read a communiqué from the International Contact Group on Madagascar supporting the government’s request that sanctions imposed on the country be lifted.
The communiqué also endorsed Madagascar’s request for international financial aid, backing for the political transition, including preparations for agreed-upon elections, and support for development and other aid projects.
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