New Delhi: The Abdullah Yameen government on Wednesday announced that it is ready for dialogue with the opposition to help restore normalcy in the Maldives, a day after it extended emergency by 30 days.
This, however, has not impressed India. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs noted, “We are deeply dismayed that the Government of Maldives has extended the State of Emergency for a further 30 days. The manner in which the extension of the State of Emergency was approved by the Majlis in contravention of the Constitution of Maldives is also a matter of concern.”
“The consequent delay in the resumption of the political process and the continuing suspension of the functioning of democratic institutions including the judiciary is likely to further delay restoration of normalcy in Maldives. It is important to ensure that all democratic institutions are allowed to function in a fair and transparent manner in accordance with the Constitution,” the MEA suggested.
Earlier in an indirect message to India after Defence Minister met former President Nasheed, the Maldivian Presidency noted, “It is important for friends and partners in the international community to stand with the Government and the people of the Maldives, and to refrain from any actions that could escalate an already delicate situation and derail the efforts being made to bring back normalcy in the Maldives.”
However, in the same statement sending an olive branch to India the Maldivian government also noted that it is ready for dialogue with the opposition, as this is essential to help restore normalcy in the Maldives.
“The Government is conscious of the gravity and consequences of the decision to declare the State of Emergency and assures the international community that the decision was taken as a last resort, after serious and exhaustive consideration, to ensure national security and constitutional order, to uphold the rule of law and to safeguard the peace and stability of the nation. The State of Emergency will be lifted as soon as the threats posed to national security are addressed satisfactorily,” claimed the Yameen government.
“The Government further notes that the Parliament has provided relief by lifting some of the restrictions imposed on Constitutional Articles under the State of Emergency and by imposing the State of Emergency only upon individuals alleged to have carried out illegal activities and in the places they stayed.”
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