Madagascar UN takes part in new talks aimed at ending political crisis

Tiébilé Dramé, the senior UN political adviser on Madagascar, is part of an international mediation team that is brokering the talks in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a UN spokesperson told journalists today.Following weeks of unrest in Madagascar near the start of this year, President Marc Ravalomanana resigned in early March, amid a dispute with the mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, Andry Rajoelina, who now leads the country. The crisis led to numerous politically motivated arrests, widespread violence and killings, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all sides to resume dialogue in a bid to end their differences.Today’s mediation efforts in Maputo are being chaired by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and they also include envoys from the African Union and La Francophonie. 5 August 2009A senior United Nations official is participating today in fresh talks aimed at peacefully resolving the ongoing political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation of Madagascar. read more

Maithripala visits Mahindas house to pay respects to brother

President Maithripala Sirisena paid his last respects to the late Chandra Rajapaksa, the younger brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.President Sirisena paid his last respects at Weeraketiya, Madamulana where the body was kept and offered condolences to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa,Chamal Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today (25). Minister Wjeydasa Rajapakshe, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Devapriya, Minister of Western province Gamini Thilakasiri and others were present.