Commonwealth Special Envoy Sir McKinnon arrives in the Maldives

Hussain Fiyaz Moosa, Haveeru Online
May 10, 2012 - 06:20 2 comments
  • The Commonwealth Secretary-General's Special Envoy, the Rt Hon Sir Donald McKinnon, arrived in Maldives today. HAVEERU FILE PHOTO

The Commonwealth's Special Envoy to the Maldives Sir Donald McKinnon has arrived in the country today.

McKinnon has made this trip review the status of the country, while only one week remains until the deadline given by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) for the government to revise the composition of the National Enquiry Commission (NEC).

The President’s Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza said that McKinnon is here to “review the situation and progress” and that he had met with President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik today.

“We will relay to him more information regarding the events that led to the transition of power and of the events during the transition of power as well. We will also convey our biggest concerns to him,” he said.

The deadline given by the CMAG to revise the composition of the NEC, which was set up by President Waheed to investigate the events that led to the fall of former President Nasheed’s administration, is May 16. CMAG claims that the NEC is not an independent authority.

Abbas revealed that there is no thought of changing the composition of the commission, but that the government will request the Commonwealth provide the commission with technical assistance.

“The President says that the government has full confidence in the National Enquiry Commission,” Abbas said.

McKinnon is also to meet with all the political parties in the Maldives. The last time he was in the Maldives was on March 2012.

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