Between France and Madagascar, list of litigation is lengthening against a background of Russian interference

Request for the restitution of the Eparses Islands, imprisonment of two French people accused of attempted coup, military rapprochement with Moscow are at the heart of tensions between the two countries.


Except not to talk about it, Andry Rajoelina could hardly have been more sober on a subject yet presented as a fracture in relations between Madagascar and France: the Eparses Islands. At the United Nations Tribune on Wednesday, September 21, the Malagasy president confined himself to reiterating, at the end of his speech, his request for restitution of this chain of islands located in the canal of Mozambique, without dwelling, As he had done a year earlier, on this “still painful injury in the heart of [his] country and [his] people”.

“We are delighted with the very next holding of the second meeting of the Franco-Malagasy mixed commission on the subject and, with two resolutions [adopted by the UN in 1979 and in 1980] which confirm the legitimacy of our Claim, we hope to be able to count on the support of the United Nations to finally achieve a concerted, fair and peaceful solution, “he slipped. The Head of State was careful not to assert the ostensible support brought to him by Russia, delighted to find in this territorial dispute the opportunity to denounce a two weight-two measurements of France when it is of its former colonies.

Madagascar is one of the 35 countries not to have condemned Moscow’s assault against Ukraine. In a letter addressed on Saturday to the Association of Friends of Russia in Madagascar and widely relayed by the local press, the Russian ambassador in Antananarivo, Andrey Andreev, thus recalled the ancient solidarity of his country “against colonial oppression” And for “the defense of territorial integrity”.

beautiful confetti as postcards

According to the two United Nations resolutions obtained over forty years ago by the Grande Ile, France was supposed to “start without further delay negotiations for the reintegration of the glorious islands, Juan de Nova, Europa and Bassas Da India, who were arbitrarily separated from Madagascar “. Resolutions that Paris has always chosen to ignore.

These uninhabited territories, apart from a few soldiers and scientists coming to study biodiversity there, give France a strategic location on one of the largest roads in world trade and the control of a larger maritime space than the ‘Hexagon thanks to the exclusive economic areas attached to the archipelago, which also has the island of Tromelin, claimed by Maurice. The basement of these beautiful confetti as postcards also offered access to potential gas resources. An opportunity that France, in the name of environmental protection, has chosen not to seize by refusing to extend the exploration permits granted on Juan de Nova.

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