EU concerned over continued political unrest in Maldives

Mohamed Visham, Haveeru Online
Mar 21, 2012 - 09:11 2 comments
  • MDP slogan shouting lawmakers attempt to stymie President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik from addressing the assembly during the reconvening of Parliament.

The European Union said yesterday that it remains concerned over continued political unrest in the Maldives.

The EU High Representative Catherine Ashton further stressed on the importance to facilitate a process that will lead to political reconciliation and democratic elections is agreed at the earliest.

Fresh violence broke out in the Capital Male after supporters of the ousted former president Mohamed Nasheed, clashed with police on Monday as they attempted to stymie new President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik from making inaugural presidential address to reconvene the parliament.

Riot police used teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the capital, while lawmakers belonging to Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) shouted slogans inside the parliament chamber.

“I believe it is of utmost importance that political parties and authorities abstain from taking any action that could further complicate matters. Moreover, the security of the leaders of political parties has to be guaranteed,” Ashton said in the statement.

The statement also urged all interlocutors to work towards an agreement on the holding of early polls, on the independent investigation of the transfer of power and on the reestablishment of the correct functioning of government and parliament.

EU also highlighted the arrival of Special Envoy of the Commonwealth, Sir Don McKinnon in the Maldives, to engage in dialogue with all parties and extended fullest support to his important mission.

The European Union will continue to closely follow events in the Maldives in cooperation with international partners, including the United Nations and the Commonwealth, the statement concluded.

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