The All Party Roadmap Talks is to commence its three day retreat in Bandos Island Resort and Spa beginning next Thursday.
Speaking during a press conference today by the Political Party Talks Moderators Secretariat, Ahmed Mujthaba the moderator of the Talks revealed that as per the consensus of all political parties the retreat would be held from Thursday night till Saturday morning in Bandos.
Mujthaba further detailed that the decision to hold the retreat was to facilitate a more productive dialogue between the interlocutors to achieve a positive outcome. He noted that the meetings held in the capital Male are only afforded about a couple of hours at the most.
“The retreat is being held with the intention of facilitating prolonged discussions amongst the participants. The reason is not to change the venue but to assist in the creation of an environment suitable for contemplation,” he added.
Moderator said that the Talks had now surpassed the major obstacles facing the sit-down and expressed hope that the dialogue would now move forward at a fast pace.
The last meeting of the Roadmap Talks finally yielded a positive step forward as all political parties represented in the sit-down reached an agreement to the agenda following the decision by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to accede after three months of strife over its order.
To that end, the agenda comprised of six items including finding a way to resolve the ongoing political conflict in the Maldives, determining the present condition of the State budget, finding out the issues that needed to be reformed within independent institutions and posts, dialogue with regard to amendments and new laws that needed to be passed and discussions pertaining to the amendments needed to the constitution.
In addition, the agenda included discussions related to the date of holding presidential elections.
Mujthaba further hailed the consensus over the agenda as a symbol of improved sprit amongst the political parties.
The All Party Talks had been initiated in February, but had been stalled after the pro-government political parties had failed to come to a consensus with MDP over the ordering of the agenda.