Secretary-General Says Dialogue Is Only Solution to Crisis in Madagascar

4 May 2009
SG/SM/12219-AFR/1839

Secretary-General Says Dialogue Is Only Solution to Crisis in Madagascar

4 May 2009
Secretary-General
SG/SM/12219 AFR/1839
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS DIALOGUE IS ONLY SOLUTION TO CRISIS IN MADAGASCAR

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General remains concerned with the continuing crisis in Madagascar, which has led to politically motivated arrests, escalating violence and the loss of lives.  He appeals to the authorities to observe human rights and respect the rule of law.

He takes note of the meeting of the Contact Group on Madagascar held on 30 April in Addis Ababa.  The United Nations Senior Political Adviser, Tiébilé Dramé, remains engaged with the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and other relevant partners to help facilitate a way out of the crisis.

The Secretary-General reiterates that the only solution is the resumption of dialogue among all parties.  He calls on them to fulfil their commitment to resolve their differences within the framework of an inclusive process.  Such dialogue should aim at an agreement on the framework for the transition and the modalities for speedy, credible elections leading to a legitimate Government.

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