Thursday, September 23, 2010

Madagascar Decides Not to Speak at United Nations

General Assembly President Joseph Deiss acknowledged Madagascar’s commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals  as the African nation announced its decision to not take the podium at a high-level gathering on the eight anti-poverty targets.   Mr. Deiss said in a statement that Madagascar, on a “voluntary and sovereign basis,” decided not to speak at the Millenium Delevopment Goals debate.

He expressed his “appreciation to all African Member States, including Madagascar, for their support to the objective of achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the wider objective of reducing poverty, including on the African continent.”

During last year’s high-level segment of the Assembly’s 64th session, the 192-member body barred a delegation from Madagascar, where violent political unrest led to the ousting of the president, from addressing the event.

President Marc Ravalomanana resigned in early March 2009 amid a dispute with Andry Rajoelina, mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, who now leads the country..

(from a UN Press Release)

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