Sandton resolutions – SADC statement


EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY SANDTON, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA 11 and 12 JUNE, 2011

1. The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at Sandton, Republic of South Africa on 11 and 12 June 2011.

2. The Summit was officially opened by His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, Président of the Republic of Namibia and SADC Chairperson.

3. The Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government or their représentatives:

Lesotho

Rt. Hon. Pakalitha Mosisili;

Malawi

H.E. Ngwazi Prof. Bingu Wa Mutharika;

Mozambique

H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza ;

Namibia

H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba;

South Africa

H.E. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma;

Swaziland

H.M. King Mswati III;

Tanzania

H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete;

Zimbabwe

H.E. Robert Gabriel Mugabe;

Botswana

H.E. Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe, Vice Président;

Seychelles

H.E Dr Danny Faure, Vice Président.

Zambia

H.E. George Kunda, Vice Président and Minister of Justice;

Angola

Hon. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Minister of External

Relations;

DRC

Hon. Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo, Minister of

Régional and International Coopération;

Mauritius :

Hon. Dr. Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Régional

Intégration and International Trade.

4. The Summit was also attended by SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Tomaz A. Salomâo.

5. In attendance of the Summit was also H.E. Joaquim A. Chissano, former Président of the Republic of Mozambique, and SADC Mediator on Madagascar.

6. Also in attendance at the Summit was the Right Hon. Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and Hon. Prof. Welshman Ncube, representing MDC-T, MDC-N political parties respectively.

7. Summit considered reports on the prevailing political and security situation ‘in Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

8. On Madagascar, Summit noted the outcome of the meeting that took place on 6 and 7June, 2011 in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana, convened by the SADC Chairperson, H.E Hifikepunye Pohamba, Président of the Republic of Namibia and H.E. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, Président of the Republic of Zambia and Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Coopération, and H.E Joaquim Chissano, former Président of the Republic of Mozambique and the SADC Mediator on the Madagascar crisis, as mandated by the Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government at its meeting held in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, 20 May, 2011.

9. Summit also noted that the Gaborone meeting was attended by eleven (11) political stakeholders from Madagascar, namely: AREMA; ESCOPOL; Les Autres Sensibilités; HPM; MDM; Mouvance Ratsiraka; Mouvance Ravalomanana; Mouvance Zafy; TGV; UAMAD/MONIMA and UDR-C.

10. Summit commended the SADC Chairperson, the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Coopération for convening the meeting with the Malagasy stakeholders.

11. Summit also commended the people and Government of the Republic of Botswana for hosting the meeting.

12. Summit noted that the return of that country to constitutional normalcy is a matter of urgency.

13. Summit also noted that eight out of eleven Malagasy Political Stakeholders hâve already initialled the Roadmap that is intended to return the country to constitutional normalcy.

14. Summit endorsed the Roadmap to bring Madagascar into constitutional normalcy presented by the SADC Mediator on Madagascar after effecting necessary amendments.

15. Summit urged the leaders of the Mouvances Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana and Zafy to initial the Roadmap expeditiously as soon as the necessary amendments are effected.

16. Summit also urged the High Transition Authority (HTA) to allow Malagasy people in exile for political reasons, to be allowed to return to the country unconditionally including Mr. Marc Ravalomanana.

17. Summit further urged the HTA to urgently develop and enact ail outstanding Légal Instruments to ensure the political freedom of ail Malagasy in the inclusive process leading to free, fair, and crédible élections.

18. Summit commended the Malagasy Political Stakeholders for their commitment to dialogue and finding an inclusive solution and urged them to remain focused on the implementation of the agreed Roadmap in order to urgently fulfil the aspirations of the Malagasy people for peace, stability and socio-economic development.

19. Summit also commended H.E. Joachim Chissano, former Président of Mozambique for his tireless efforts in bringing together the Malagasy stakeholders in the search of lasting solution for the current crisis in Madagascar.

20. Summit urged the Organ Troika to remain actively seized of the political situation in Madagascar.

 

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