Moderator of the All Party Roadmap Talks initiated by President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik to resolve the ongoing political strife in the Maldives, Ahmed Mujthaba has said that all parties agree on principle to the need for high-level discussions.
In a press release by the Secretariat of the Moderator for the All Party Talks, Mujthaba stated that having considered the whole process in-depth, it had become apparent that a fresh approach had to be made.
He further stated that he had held a series of constructive meetings, separately, over the past month with the President and leaders of the largest political parties to discuss the prospects of continuing the political party talks.
“They have expressed a strong and shared belief in dialogue as the best way to address the challenges facing our nation. They agree that there are deep-rooted divisions and problems that must be resolved jointly if Maldives is to continue on its democratic path. I hope to secure the commitment of these parties to convene such a meeting at the highest level in the very near future.” the statement read.
In conclusion, Mujthaba said that the most senior political party leaders needed to create an atmosphere conducive to discussions, and to come together prepared to work in good faith.
He added that the discussions previously held on May 31, June 1 and 2, 2012 in Bandos Island Resort and Spa, for nearly 16 hours and that in-spite of much debate there was no breakthrough.