The African Union (AU) indefinitely suspended crisis talks in
AU envoy Ablasse Ouedraogo yesterday said a lack of political will had meant the internationally mediated talks had taken steps backwards, Reuters reports.
The country’s leaders needed to reflect on the consequences of their intransigence while the international community would re-assess its strategy, he said.
Political turmoil since the beginning of the year has wrought havoc on the
“The international mediators have decided to take a break in their efforts,” Ouedraogo told reporters in the capital
“We are not disengaging with
The AU diplomat said no date was set to resume the talks.
Regional leaders and foreign powers, who have widely condemned Andry Rajoelina’s power grab, have urged the formation of an inclusive interim authority to lead
However, the multi-party talks had all but ground to a halt after the four participating political movements failed to agree on a political amnesty clause that would have paved the way for ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana to return.
Rajoelina – who seized power with the backing of renegade troops in March – has said the return of Ravalomanana, now exiled in
In a statement, the AU and United Nations warned the government and opposition against unilateral manoeuvring.
“Any attempt to find a unilateral way out of the crisis by one or other of the movements will receive neither the backing nor the endorsement of the international community,” it read.
Ouedraogo and his UN counterpart were expected to leave
The government announced this month Ravalomanana has been sentenced in absentia to four years in jail for mixing private and public interests in the purchase of a presidential jet.
Experts have questioned the verdict’s constitutionality.
Many Malagasy have lost hope of a political compromise.
“This isn’t about