Between 60 and 70 pro Rajoelina and independent deputies gathered this afternoon to show their solidarity with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These deputies call for mediation by the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the negotiations between France and Madagascar on the Scattered Islands.
In a press point Monday, May 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had declared its opposition to a public consultation with a view to concretizing a project for the creation of a national natural reserve on the Glorious archipelago.
For Christine Razanamahasoa, the President of the National Assembly, the declaration by the deputies is an appeal to the government. In fact, this mediation proposed by deputies can only intervene if the government officially relays it.
She explains why the latter want to appeal to SADC and African Union mediation, Laure Verneau, RFI correspondent in Madagascar: “I find that this is a legitimate remedy and of course a legal remedy, taking into account the principle which governs groupings of countries which have the same interests, defend common interests, political interests, economic interests. France, which is having problems, resorts to the European Union. The decree decided by France was decided unilaterally, while these Glorious Islands, part of the Scattered Islands are the subject ongoing negotiations that must be resumed. I think it is a unilateral decision on the part of France on these islands that should not take place. “