The Malagasy Republic celebrated its thirteenth anniversary of independence on Tuesday (26 June) with a military parade through the capital, Tananarive and the publication of new cooperation agreements signed with France.
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Background: The Malagasy Republic celebrated its thirteenth anniversary of independence on Tuesday (26 June) with a military parade through the capital, Tananarive and the publication of new cooperation agreements signed with France.
The Head of Government, General Gabriel Ramanantsoa took the salute as troops and armoured units from the Malagasy armed forces paraded through Tananarive stadium. Also present at the celebrations were the Tanzanian Foreign Minister and Ambassadors from many countries including The People's Republic of China, Algeria and Egypt.
The new cooperation agreements, which were published in a special addition of the Government Journal, replace those made in 1960, when the Malagasy Republic achieved independence from France. Signed in Paris on 4th June, the agreements cover diplomatic, military, cultural and technical affairs.
The most important decision of the agreements is that dealing with the withdrawal of French troops. Apart form naval training personnel at Diego Suarez, all French troops, (and that includes the Foreign Legion) will be out of the Malagasy Republic by September 1, this years.
Other sections of the agreement cover the provision of French personnel for technical aid programmes, the role of the French language in the Malagasy educational system and a regular exchange of information in the judicial sphere.
The one area that the agreements leave untouched is that of financial cooperation. Malagasy recently withdrew from the France zone.