Announcement

Foreign Office Minister's statement on the political situation in Maldives

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Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said that he hopes high level talks between political parties can start soon, and that these can identify peaceful ways through current difficulties.

Speaking today he said:

“I continue to follow closely the situation in Maldives. I welcome the formation of the Commission of National Inquiry and it is vital that it is able to conclude its work swiftly, fairly and independently, so that the circumstances surrounding the events of 7 February are clearly established. I encourage all relevant actors in Maldives to refrain from any actions that could jeopardise the stable environment necessary to allow the Commission of National Inquiry to complete its work and for free and fair elections to take place.

“I share the concerns expressed recently by the Commonwealth Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Maldives, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Efforts to restore calm and stability in Maldives are being hampered by increasing political tension and escalating violence.

“I call on all sides to show restraint in the interest of achieving a sustainable political solution to Maldives’ recent problems. Protests must be peaceful and the security response professional and proportionate. Violence and any cases of excessive use of force should be investigated and those responsible held to account.

“I hope that high level talks between political parties can start soon, and that these can identify peaceful ways through current difficulties.

“The British Government will maintain contact with all parties in Maldives and with engaged international partners. Our shared goal is a stable, peaceful and democratic future for the Maldivian people.”