State Foreign Minister Dhunya Maumoon on Thursday expressed hope that the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) will remove Maldives from its agenda and that it would be difficult for former President Mohamed Nasheed to stymie the government and to gain sympathy of international partners.
In response to a question by a reporter regarding the statements made by Nasheed in the international media opposing the decision to remove Maldives from CMAG's agenda, Dhunya at a press conference held at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, said that the Commonwealth Secretary General’s special envoy Sir Donald McKinnon had made a positive statement about the government’s work, during his visit to the Maldives after the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) report (in to the transfer of Presidential power on February 7, 2012).
Dhunya said that the views of the former President Nasheed are inconsistent regarding the removal of Maldives from CMAG agenda. She stressed that Nasheed had previously stated that Maldives should be removed however, later he said that the removal would cause the government’s tyranny to increase.
“I have no idea. The internal affairs of the nation are for us only. we have to discuss and gather opinions on our own. The international community and the commonwealth can offer suggestions on an advisory capacity. However, I do not believe that they should directly interfere with these issues,” Dhunya said.
Dhunya said that she does not believe that Nasheed’s advocacy against the removal of Maldives from the CMAG agenda on his ongoing visit to the UK and also by other means will impede the process.
“That is the only issue Nasheed can take on. There was support for him (Nasheed) internationally. However it is diminishing. There is only one leverage now, that is the CMAG, which is what he is doing,” Dhunya said.
She said that many countries have believed in what happened in the Maldives after the CNI report. She said that President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik and the Foreign Ministry is trying to remove the Maldives from the CMAG agenda and that the inclusion of Maldives in the CMAG is unjust.