United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties concerned in the Maldives to resolve the current political crisis peacefully and through a national process based on dialogue and consensus.
“The Secretary General again urges all parties to resume immediately their political dialogue, both within and outside of Parliament, in order to find a mutually agreeable way forward on the basis of the Constitution and without jeopardizing the democratic gains achieved thus far in the Maldives,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson overnight.
President Mohamed Nasheed had resigned in February amid opposition led protests following the unconstitutional detention of Criminal Court’s Chief Judge capped off by a police mutiny.
Since stepping down however, Nasheed has claimed that he had been ousted in a “coup d’état’ backed by his successor and former deputy, Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik.
The Government has since set up a Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) to probe the events leading to the regime change. But following the pressures of the Commonwealth the government had recently agreed to revise the composition of the CNI to make it more independent and impartial.
To that end, it has been agreed that a retired Judge from Singapore and a representative of Nasheed would be added to the present three member Commission. In addition, both the UN and the Commonwealth have agreed to provide expertise to the work of the CNI.
According to the statement, Mr. Ban commended President Waheed and former President Nasheed for their efforts to make the national inquiry body more independent and credible and to find a resolution to the current political crisis.
“He [Mr. Ban] welcomes, in this context, the acceptance by the Government of the Maldives of former President Mohamed Nasheed’s nominee for the Commission of National Inquiry charged to look into the facts and circumstances leading to the transfer of power on 7 February 2012,” the statement said.
UN statement came after the last meetings of the All Party Roadmap Talks held in Bandos Island Resort and Spa had ended without much headway.