Tuesday, November 13, 2018
News

UN to contact Maldives leaders in response to opposition request: Spokesperson

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

United Nations | Saturday, 2018 3:45:04 AM IST
The UN will be making contacts with Maldives leaders in response to the request by the opposition leaders for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to oversee the all-party talks proposed by that nation's President Abdulla Yameen, Guterres's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.

"We are very aware of the request," he told reporters when asked about the opposition's letter to Guterres. "Contacts will be made in the next few days."

Taking up the Secretary-General on his offer to have the UN facilitate all-party talks, the Joint Opposition wrote to Guterres asking for the mediation between them and the government of President Abdulla Yameen.

Earlier this month Guterres, who called for restoration of democracy on the Indian Ocian nation, reiterated "his belief in finding a solution to the political stalemate in the Maldives through all-party talks, which the United Nations continues to stand ready to facilitate," according to Dujarric.

In the letter to Guterres, the Joint Opposition led by former President Mohamed Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party welcomed the government's offer of a dialogue in principle, but expressed concern that it was a ploy to ease international condemnation over its recent actions, according to the Colombo Gazette.

The opposition asked Guterres to urge the Maldives government to create an acceptable environment for dialogue.

The Gazette reported that according to the opposition, for this to happen the government must fully implement the Supreme Court ruling of February 1, and release Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed and other political prisoners and withdraw the military from Parliament allowing it to function fully.

The crackdown began when the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the terrorism conviction of Nasheed as well as the convictions of eight other politicians on several charges.

Yameen clamped down a state of emergency and arrested the judges along with several politicians.

The other three judges left on the Supreme Court overturned their unanimous ruling ordering the release of the nine politicians.

(Arul Louis can be reached at arul.l@ians.in)

--IANS al/qd

( 346 Words)

2018-02-17-03:26:07 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
Robots go to war in UK Army's exercise...
IAEA confirms Iran keeping with JCPOA li...
Pakistan begins policy level talks with ...
Rohingya crisis: Aung San Suu Kyi stripp...
Marvel co-creator Stan Lee passes away...
Trump slams Europe's unfair military rel...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Union Home Secretary meets Twitter offic...
Hyderabad: Congress workers stage protes...
Hyderabad-bound IndiGo flight returns to...
Two-day 'Samman Samaroh' for disabled so...
J-K: Soldier martyred in ceasefire viola...
PM Modi's latest demonetisation barf is ...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Cheryl shares behind the scenes gli... 
WhatsApp to delete all chats not sa... 
Michael C. Hall not 'all the way' h... 
Robots go to war in UK Army's exerc... 
Turkey insists audio of Khashoggi k... 
Condolences pour in for the 'legend... 
MP: Locals threaten to boycott elec... 
Center gives nod for constituting I...