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Declaration by the Presidency on


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									        COU CIL OF
THE EUROPEA U IO                                                                         EN
                                                        Brussels, 20 March 2009
                                                        7762/09 (Presse 67)
                                                        P 35/09

     Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union
                 on recent developments in Madagascar

The European Union is gravely concerned by the recent developments in Madagascar,
which have led to deposition of the democratically elected President, Marc Ravalomanana,
by force.

The EU urges the Malagasy parties to comply fully with the provisions of the Constitution
of Madagascar on a vacancy in the Presidency

The EU reaffirms its commitment to respect democratic and constitutional principles, the
rule of law and human rights and condemns all attempts to seize power through
undemocratic measures.

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7762/09 (Presse 67)                                                                               1
The Candidate Countries Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the
Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and
Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of
Moldova, Armenia and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the
Stabilisation and Association Process.

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