In Madagascar, international mediators
have begun fresh efforts to jump-start talks between all parties to resolve the
ongoing political crisis.
Special envoys from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the
United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the International Organization
of French-speaking countries (IOF) reportedly met President Andry Rajoelina
Wednesday and tried to convince him to attend the talks.
refused, saying he will not negotiate with the masterminds of recent bomb
left several people dead and scores injured.
He blames supporters of former President
Marc Ravalomanana for carrying out the attacks.
now within Rajoelina's (camp), there are two tendencies. One is the hard line,
and the other is the soft line. There are those who think that we don't have to
discuss with the bombers in the capital.
Then there are those who think we have to discuss because we have to
move forward," said Guilo Ramilison, VOA Madagascar correspondent.
said President Rajoelina has refused to negotiate with those he considers
doesn't want to talk to Ravalomanana's camp if they don't stop bombing. That is
for sure. He went to the south. He went to the west last weekend. And he made
it clear, 'I am the head the transitional period and I don't want to talk to
anybody who is putting trouble in my country'," he restated.
said Malagasies are going on with their lives not being aware of the current
word peace talks doesn't mean anything to us here in Madagascar. The Malagasy people don't understand what the
international (community) understands about what is going on here because it is
not a fact that we are in a crisis," Ramilison said.
said the impasse is between the political parties.
the outside world it is like a fixed thing that since these politicians are not
understanding each other, then understandably, Madagascar is in trouble. No it
is not a fact in here," he said.
President Rajoelina plans to hold a national
referendum in September to pass a new constitution before the next presidential
election, which is scheduled in October 2011.
said there are no indications that that would thwart the planned referendum.
think they are heading to that side because now the president of the
transitional period… he (Rajoelina) wants everybody to understand that he wants
to run for the presidency," Ramilison said.
said Mr. Rajoelina is hampered by his age by a constitutional provision which
bars those less than 40 years old to run for the presidency.
thing is that for the moment you can do it only if you are more than 40 years
old. And he is only 35, and on the way to be 36," he said.
far, SADC and other international organizations have condemned President
Rajoelina's takeover, describing it as a coup d'état.
representatives of former Presidents Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka, and
Albert Zafy are holding negotiations with international observers in the