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Madagascar

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the British High Commission in Port Louis regarding the security situation in Madagascar. (102508)

Our high commission in Port Louis is following developments in the security situation in Madagascar. Following an attempt by General Andrianafidisoa to overthrow the President of Madagascar on 18 November, British residents and visitors have been advised to stay alert, as tension could rise during the build-up to the presidential election on 3 December.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the actions of General Andrianafidisoa in Madagascar; and what (a) representations she has made and (b) further action she is taking towards ensuring that the general election to be held in Madagascar on 3 December 2006 is free and fair. (102511)

General Andrianafidisoa's attempt on 18 November to use force to displace President Ravalomanana was quickly dealt with by the Malagasy authorities. We understand that a warrant has been issued for his arrest. We have made no representations.

We encourage all parties in Madagascar to express their views by peaceful, democratic means in the lead up to, during, and following the presidential elections on 3 December. An EU election observation team has been sent to Madagascar to monitor the elections.