No Commonwealth response to expertise request: Foreign Ministry

Ahmed Hamdhoon, Haveeru Online
Apr 22, 2012 - 03:40
  • Some members of the National Enquiry Commission at a press conference: Foreign Ministry has claimed that the Commonwealth has failed to respond to a request for foreign expertise for the commission. FILE PHOTO

Foreign Ministry has claimed today that the Commonwealth had failed to respond to the request by the Maldives government to seek expertise for the National Enquiry Commission established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power on February 7.

A press statement by the Ministry read that the areas where international can be sought the commission had been identified and forwarded to Commonwealth Secretariat.

“However, the Commonwealth had not responded to the request made by the government thus far,” Foreign Ministry statement said.

The statement further highlighted though the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) had called on the commission to seek foreign expertise, which had been already agreed upon by the government earlier.

Special Advisor to President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, Dr Hassan Saeed had revealed earlier that the Commonwealth had agreed to provide expertise of retired Judge from an esteemed foreign court.

He also added that the Commonwealth had agreed to provide expertise of a foreign lawyer who had previous experience of working in such commissions.

CMAG had recently called on the government to change the composition of the Enquiry Commission within four weeks and warned to take stronger measures if the call was left unheeded.

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