Madagascar and France to negotiate Scattered Islands agreement for 2020

Malagasy Presidents Andry Rajoelina and Frenchman Emmanuel Macron will resume discussions on the Scattered Islands, five islands around Madagascar presumed to be rich in hydrocarbons, administered by France and claimed by Madagascar since 1973.

The two presidents have agreed to address this issue not through legal recourse or in international bodies but in a bilateral framework, by setting up a joint commission, in order to reach a consensual solution by June 2020, the 60th anniversary of Madagascar's independence, the French presidency told AFP.

"I solemnly and officially request the President (Macron) to find a solution for the management or the return of the Scattered Islands in Madagascar, on behalf of the 25 million Malagasy, because I know your commitments," said the President. Malagasy to his French counterpart at a joint press point.

"For the Malagasy people, belonging to the Scattered Islands is a question of national identity," he added.

"My desire is that we have a dialogue to reach a common solution.The subject deserves better than legal recourse, litigation and bad debate.We will launch a joint work to move towards a common development solution in the economic zone. current, "replied the French president.

This bilateral discussion comes as in another post-colonial territorial conflict in the Indian Ocean, Britain was summoned last week by the UN to return to Mauritius the archipelago of Chagos, in the heart of an international dispute since its acquisition in 1965 by London, which drove out the inhabitants to install a US military base.

The Splinters group under this name five islands scattered around Madagascar, where France exercises its sovereignty. They were administratively attached to Madagascar when the Big Island became a French colony in 1896.

On the eve of independence (June 26, 1960), they were attached by decree to the ministry of Dom Tom in Paris, much to the chagrin of the Malagasy. A prefect now manages it.

Since 1973, Madagascar has officially claimed these islands and France has set up a military presence there, which has become permanent since the 1980s.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

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Madagascar and France to negotiate Scattered Islands agreement for 2020

Malagasy Presidents Andry Rajoelina and Frenchman Emmanuel Macron will resume discussions on the Scattered Islands, five islands around Madagascar presumed to be rich in hydrocarbons, administered by France and claimed by Madagascar since 1973.

The two presidents have agreed to address this issue not through legal recourse or in international bodies but in a bilateral framework, by setting up a joint commission, in order to reach a consensual solution by June 2020, the 60th anniversary of Madagascar's independence, the French presidency told AFP.

"I solemnly and officially request the President (Macron) to find a solution for the management or the return of the Scattered Islands in Madagascar, on behalf of the 25 million Malagasy, because I know your commitments," said the President. Malagasy to his French counterpart at a joint press point.

"For the Malagasy people, belonging to the Scattered Islands is a question of national identity," he added.

"My desire is that we have a dialogue to reach a common solution.The subject deserves better than legal recourse, litigation and bad debate.We will launch a joint work to move towards a common development solution in the economic zone. current, "replied the French president.

This bilateral discussion comes as in another post-colonial territorial conflict in the Indian Ocean, Britain was summoned last week by the UN to return to Mauritius the archipelago of Chagos, in the heart of an international dispute since its acquisition in 1965 by London, which drove out the inhabitants to install a US military base.

The Splinters group under this name five islands scattered around Madagascar, where France exercises its sovereignty. They were administratively attached to Madagascar when the Big Island became a French colony in 1896.

On the eve of independence (June 26, 1960), they were attached by decree to the ministry of Dom Tom in Paris, much to the chagrin of the Malagasy. A prefect now manages it.

Since 1973, Madagascar has officially claimed these islands and France has set up a military presence there, which has become permanent since the 1980s.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Comments are closed.