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Procedure : 2009/2604(RSP)
Stadium plenaire behandeling
Documentencyclus : B6-0272/2009

Ingediende teksten :


Debatten :

PV 07/05/2009 - 13.2
CRE 07/05/2009 - 13.2

Stemmingen :

PV 07/05/2009 - 14.2
CRE 07/05/2009 - 14.2

Aangenomen teksten :


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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0271/2009
5 May 2009
with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure
by Bernd Posselt, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Tunne Kelam, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Charles Tannock
on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
on the situation in Madagascar
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Madagascar 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on Madagascar;

–  having regard to the Declarations by the Presidency on behalf of the EU of 17 and 20 march 2009;

_  having regard to military takeovers in recent months in Mauritania and Guinea and sanctions imposed by international community hereafter;

_  having regard to the inaugural consultative meeting of the International Contact Group on Madagascar that took place in Addis Ababa on 30 April 2009.

–  having regard to Rule 115 of its Rules of Procedure;

A.  Whereas since independence in 1960, Madagascar has suffered from waves of periodic political instability;

B.  Whereas following two months of political tensions and bitter struggle, the process of devolution of power that occurred in Madagascar took place in flagrant violation of the relevant provisions of the Malagasy Constitution and whereas the subsequent decision to confer the office of President of the Republic to Mr. Andry Rajoelina, ex-Mayor of the capital city on March 17, 2009, constituted an unconstitutional change of Government;

C.  Whereas this unconstitutional change of Government is yet another serious setback in the democratization processes underway on the continent, which reinforces the concern about the resurgence of the scourge of coups d’Etat in Africa, as expressed by the 12th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, held in Addis Ababa from 1 to 4 February 2009;

D.  Whereas the United Nations Security Council leads the international response to Madagascar's coup-style change of leadership, which has brought the economy and governance structures to a halt earlier this year; whereas the country has been suspended from regional bodies like the African Union and the Southern African Development Community, and donors were quick to cease non-humanitarian assistance and call for restoration of constitutional governance;

E.   Whereas within the framework of the Africa-EU Dialogue, the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the African and EU Troikas that took place in Luxembourg on 28 April 2009 called for a rapid holding of national elections and the return to constitutional order;

F.  whereas from the day when Mr Andry Rajoelina was installed as de facto Head of State, peaceful demonstrations including several tens of thousands of people have continued in the Capital but have been violently repressed by the military forces;

G.  Whereas the return to constitutional order should be based on the following objectives and principles: a clear calendar towards holding free, fair and transparent elections; the involvement of all the political and social stakeholders of the country, including President Marc Ravalomanana as well as other national personalities; promotion of a consensus among the Malagasy parties; respect for the Constitution of Madagascar; compliance with relevant AU instruments and the international commitments of Madagascar;

H.   Whereas the inaugural consultative meeting of the International Contact Group on Madagascar that took place in Addis Ababa on 30 April 2009 was attended, besides the UN, AU and the EU, by many regional organizations and countries with the aim to coordinate the efforts of the international community to promote the rapid return to constitutional order in Madagascar;

I.  Whereas President Marc Ravalomanana announced on April 15 that he planned to return home under the protection of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to begin a national dialogue with his successor, Andry Rajoelina, in the hope of organizing new presidential elections by the end of the year; whereas the South African government has cautioned him against this act, saying such a move would be “unwise, provocative and may even incite the deaths of many innocent people”;

J.   Whereas the impact of cyclones, floods, drought, soaring food prices and chronic food insecurity of the last three consecutive years has been worsened by the protracted political crisis;

1.  Is gravely concerned by the recent political developments in Madagascar in Antananarivo, under the chairmanship of the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Mr. Ablassé Ouedraogo;

4.  Calls on the AU Special Envoy for Madagascar, in collaboration with representatives of the international community in Antananarivo and in light of the discussions that have already begun under the aegis of the AU and the UN, to make contact with all the Malagasy parties to agree with them on ways and means for a speedy return to constitutional order;

5.  Calls for support from the international community towards the restoration of the legal order and to do everything possible to bring to an end the political violence in Madagascar;

6.  Condemns the acts of violence and incitement to violence occurring in Madagascar, and stresses the need for the de facto authorities, including the security forces, to scrupulously respect human rights, and calls on all the Malagasy parties to refrain from any actions that could complicate the search for a solution;

7.  Stresses the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country which has been worsened by the current political developments, and urges the international community, and the EU in particular, to provide increased humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of the people of Madagascar;

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the Member States, ECHO, the Central Emergency Relief Funding (CERF), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the legitimate Authorities of the Republic of Madagascar, the High Authority of Transition, the Secretary General of the UN, the African Union and SADC.

Laatst bijgewerkt op: 25 augustus 2009Juridische mededeling