France and the Malagasy Republic signed a new agreement in Paris on Monday (June 4th).?
France and the Malagasy Republic signed a new agreement in Paris on Monday (June 4th). The last agreement was made in 1960.
The Malagasy Republic was represented by its foreign minister, M. Didier Ratsiraka, while M. Jean-Francois Deniau, State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry, signed for France.
The agreement, which was the result of months of difficult negotiations mainly concerned the withdrawal of 4,000 French troops based in the Malagasy Republic. NATO air-base near the capital of Tananarive has already virtually closed down, but French aircraft still have landing rights and strategic naval bases will be manned by French personnel for some years.
The agreement also dealt with the role of the French language in the education system, which has been the cause of considerable political unrest. What was not solved was the problem of the Malagasy Republic's recent withdrawal from the Franc Zone.
M. Deniau summed up the aims of the revised agreement and M. Ratsiraka said they should look beyond present difficulties to the future.