European Union (EU) has expressed concern over the recent escalation political tension and violent protests in the Maldives.
In a statement Thursday, the spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy stressed that the continued political unrest, heavy-handed responses by security forces, and charges filed against political leaders will only lead to further deterioration of the political climate in the country and will adversely affect the lives of all citizens.
The statement also acknowledged the efforts of the Commonwealth Special Envoy, Sir Donald McKinnon, to strengthen the Commission of National Inquiry set up to probe the events leading up to and following the transfer of power on February 7.
To that end, the High Representative appealed to all interlocutors to refrain from any actions that could jeopardize completion of the CNI’s work, including legal action against political leaders.
“In the EU's view it is more important than ever that the political forces in the Maldives cooperate in making the democratic system work. Without a consensus on how to proceed the country will be unable to deal with the political, economic and environmental challenges which will determine its future."