President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has said that he will not discuss possible measures of action regarding the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) report before it is publicized on August 30.
In response to a question by Haveeru, regarding the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) proposition to the government on the measures to be taken before the CNI report of the circumstances surrounding the regime change on February 7 is issued, President Waheed said that the measures taken by the government will be in accordance with the Maldivian constitution.
“Hence I will not speculate on the CNI report and discuss possible measures to be taken before it is published,” President Waheed told reporters upon arrival in Male after participating in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) held in Saudi Arabia.
“What is most important for now is for everyone to await the CNI report. I have been informed that the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has also published a very important report while I was abroad. It seems that a copy of the report had been sent to me. Hence I will happily look in to it.” President Waheed said.
President said that the truth will be very clear after the CNI report, hence requested the people to respond to it with prudence and patience. He added that he would extend enhanced cooperation and support to all interlocutors. President said that the government will remain steadfast in taking the necessary steps subsequent to the CNI report.
“I have now told Mujthaba (Moderator of the All Party Roadmap Talks) that I am ready to participate in the all party talks, but the unrest on the roads and the harassment of government officials and employees has got to stop. Once it stops I’ll join the talks. It will be very difficult for me to partake in the discussion before that, as I cannot hold talks with people who continuously hound others with criticism and taunts while I try to participate in the sit-down. Hence I hope the situation would simmer down and a calmer environment would be established for the talks to resume,” President Waheed said.
He said that the government and MDP had signed an agreement with the Commonwealth Special Envoy Sir Donald McKinnon regarding the CNI report and that it entails taking necessary action against the offenders highlighted in the report.
“The report will be sent to the Prosecutor General, the President and also the Speaker of the Parliament. Hence these people will take necessary action within their authority. I will take the action obligated to me” President said.
He said that the commission was established under the special authority given to the President under the Article 115 of the constitution and that it does not possess much enforcing power. He added that the mandate of the commission is to probe the incident and that taking action would be a legal process.
The much awaited CNI report in to the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power on February 7 will be sent to the government authorities on August 29 while the report will be publicized on the August 30, 2012.