Maldives mulls to quit Commonwealth if not removed from CMAG agenda

Ali yoosuf, Haveeru Online
Sep 06, 2012 - 09:31 3 comments
  • State Foreign Minister Dhunya Maumoon at the press conference yesterday. She said the government is entertaining the thought of quitting the Commonwealth if CMAG does not remove Maldives from its agenda. PHOTO/ NASRULLA SOLIH

  • State Foreign Minister Dhunya Maumoon at the press conference yesterday. She said the government is entertaining the thought of quitting the Commonwealth if CMAG does not remove Maldives from its agenda. PHOTO/ NASRULLA SOLIH

Foreign Ministry yesterday revealed that several prominent members of the government are entertaining the thought of quitting the Commonwealth if the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) does not remove the Maldives from its agenda.

Speaking during a press conference State Foreign Minister Dhunya Maumoon stressed that despite thought of quitting the Commonwealth among several, the government is yet to make a decision over the matter.

"There are a lot of people who do not wish to see Maldives in the Commonwealth. That is because there is belief that the Maldives was treated unfairly," Dhunya detailed.

Dhunya explained that the Commission of National Inquiry's (CNI) report had answered all questions surrounding the transfer of power on February 7 and added that the report had ruled that the power transfer had been constitutional. Hence there is no longer a need to keep the Maldives in CMAG's agenda and the same would be intimated to the Foreign Minister's of the countries comprised in Group and the heads of countries of the Commonwealth, she explained.

"It is quite clear that the transfer of power had not been illegitimate. The report has revealed details and made it quite clear. So there are no grounds or excuse to keep the Maldives in the agenda," Dhunya said.

She further expressed confidence that Maldives would be successful in its efforts during the CMAG’s teleconference meeting scheduled for September 11.

The State Minister while noting that most countries have welcomed CNI's report said that the statements released by two countries were a cause for concern for the government. However, she did not name the two countries.

Dhunya also condemned the baseless and false allegations made against the Co-Chair of the CNI, retired Judge from Singapore G P Selvam by former President Mohamed Nasheed and his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

CMAG had placed Maldives in its agenda following the questions raised by the opposition with regard to the transfer of power on February 7. CMAG had also warned strict measures against the Maldives which had pressured the government to reconstitute the CNI with representation of Nasheed and international partners.

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