UN envoy calls for unity and dialogue

Feb 10, 2012 - 10:29 1 comment
  • The UN special envoy Assistant secretary general Political affairs department Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has called for unity and dialogue to resolve the current turmoil faced by the country.

  • The UN special envoy Assistant secretary general Political affairs department Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has called for unity and dialogue to resolve the current turmoil faced by the country.

The UN special envoy Assistant secretary general Political affairs department Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has called for unity and dialogue to resolve the current turmoil faced by the country.

The UN special envoy who arrived Friday for talks with political leaders regarding the ongoing unrest in the country told reporters at the airport to cease the current unrest and cause division amongst the people "would not be an ideal environment for constructive dialogue”.

The UN delegation’s 3 days visit to the country is scheduled to have meetings with government, opposition and civil society leaders.

The UN envoy had been invited by Nasheed when he was still president to help end a standoff with opposition parties over the arrest and detention of Criminal Court's Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed.

Three weeks of opposition-led protests were capped by a police mutiny that led to Nasheed's dramatic resignation on Tuesday.

Violence gripped the holiday nation a day later when Nasheed said he had been forced to step down by a conspiracy hatched with Waheed's knowledge.

Nasheed, who told a meeting of his senior party workers on Thursday night that Waheed should resign.

The UN envoy made it clear that he was not there to dictate how the political upheaval of recent days should be resolved.

"There can be no externally generated solution to something that can be solved by Maldivians themselves," Fernandez-Taranco said, adding that the UN was concerned for Nasheed's safety.

"I would personally urge all actors to end the resorting to violence," he told reporters at the airport.

Diplomatic sources said the new government was under international and regional pressure not to risk another wave of unrest by carrying out a warrant for Nasheed's arrest.

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