ANTANANARIVO, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Diplomatic mission
based in Madagascar called for dialogue between political leaders of the Indian
Ocean island country.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, the
diplomatic mission, led by the United States Embassy here, urged President Marc
Ravalomanana and his rival Andry Rajoelina, also mayor of the capital city, sit
down for dialogue.
"We are here to assist Madagascar and to promote a
peaceful solution to end the crisis. But leaders have to take their
responsibilities," said the statement, read by U.S. Ambassador Niels Marquardt.
"We regret the continuation of the crisis, the
apparent absence of dialogue, the heavy loss of lives and destruction of
properties and infrastructure facilities," media quoted the ambassador as saying
"Significant investment, jobs and partnerships in
Madagascar, existing and in the future, will be increasingly threatened if the
crisis continues," the statement warned.
However, there have been no signs of possible
dialogue between Ravalomanana and Rajoelina, leader of the opposition Tanora
Gasy Vonona, or Madagascan Ready Youth party, due to existing big gap between
the two main leaders of the current political crisis.
Ravalomanana called for arrest of the nephew of
former president Didier Ratsiraka, Rolland Ratsiraka, and the cabinet director
of the mayor, Dolin Rasolosoa, who is also a general of the Antananarivo-based
armed force, on the ground that they were the major figures behind the mass
turmoil last Monday, which reportedly killed 34 people.
The president also urged for restoration of security
in the capital city and asked the mayor to tell all the truth behind the
The mayor called for democracy and free press and a
lift of ban on all radio and television stations.
Rajoelina also demanded release of all political
prisoners, the set-up of an independent tribunal before dismiss of all senior
justice officials, who are all members of the ruling Tiako I Madagasikara, or I
Love Madagascar party.
The mayor asked for fair and equal business
opportunities for all rather than the present situation, in which the president
controls nearly every profitable sector of the economy and market under his
He complained that, as a major of the capital city,
he could not fulfill his mission due to various obstacles set by the government
and the president.
According to VIVA, the radio owned by Rajoelina which
broadcast on Wednesday, he asked for resignation of the government officials
though not necessarily the president himself.
The mayor threatened to continue the strike, which
began on Monday, before all of his demands were met.
In another development, French Foreign Minister
Bernard Kouchner called for dialogue to find a peaceful solution between
Ravalomanana and Rajoelina in a telephone call from Paris to several major
figures of the current political crisis, including Ravalomanana, Rajoelina and
France was committed to its friendship with
Madagascar and the rule of law, and strictly remained its impartial position on
the internal affairs of Madagascar, according to a broadcast by the private
radio Antsiva on Thursday