Canada Welcomes African Union Sanctions Against Madagascar’s Haute Autorité de la Transition

(No. 106 - March 17, 2010 - 5 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement welcoming the African Union’s adoption of sanctions against the Haute Autorité de la Transition (HAT), Madagascar’s de facto administration, which came to power one year ago as the result of a coup:

“Despite sustained, African-led, international mediation efforts, and repeated calls by the international community to implement the power-sharing agreements negotiated in Maputo and Addis Ababa, the HAT continues to block progress toward meaningful dialogue.

“The HAT’s unwillingness to negotiate in good faith and work toward a concrete and sustainable solution to the ongoing political crisis has demonstrated disregard for the well-being of the Malagasy people and the stability of Madagascar.

“Canada welcomes the decision by the African Union to adopt targeted sanctions against the HAT leadership. These sanctions send a clear message that the African Union is committed to good governance and legitimate democratic processes.

“Canada has repeatedly called on all parties in the crisis to engage in dialogue to find a consensual and inclusive solution that respects the country’s constitution and the rule of law. Given the lack of progress toward a sustainable political solution, the Government of Canada will be internally reviewing its bilateral relations with Madagascar.”

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