President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik revealed today that he would be representing the Maldives in the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) sit-down scheduled for the coming Friday and Saturday in New York where the Group will make a decision on the removal of Maldives from its agenda.
During the press conference held earlier today prior to departing to New York to partake in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, in response to a question from Haveeru, President Waheed said that his name had been nominated to represent Maldives in the CMAG sit-down to be held within the Assembly.
"Normally the meeting is not of presidential level. However, we really must remove ourselves from CMAG's agenda. We are really confident that we can achieve that objective," he added.
It is believed that a technical glitch had cut short the teleconference meeting held by CMAG on September 11 to make a decision on taking Maldives off its agenda. Henceforth, the CMAG members had agreed to put off the decision on the Maldives until the scheduled official meeting in New York. In addition, the CMAG's members had also agreed to offer the Maldives the chance to represent itself in the meeting.
CMAG had decided to place Maldives on its agenda over the questions raised by former President Mohamed Nasheed over the transfer of power on February 7, which saw him step down under controversial circumstances. However, the Commonwealth backed Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) set up to probe the transfer of power had ruled that Nasheed had in fact stepped down on his own free will and the power transfer had been constitutional. Since then the government has been pressing CMAG to remove the Maldives from its agenda citing that the group had no more excuses not to do so.