UN had offered mediation in Maldives situation; was ‘turned down’ by govt

Guterres's Spokesperson Stephane Dujrric said that conversation between the two leaders took place on February 16

UN had offered mediation in Maldives situation; was ‘turned down’ by govt

In yet another revelation, it was stated by the office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that mediation was offered in the Maldives crisis but it was turned down by the country’s President Abdulla Yameen .

The Guterres’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujrric said that conversation between the two leaders took place on February 16.

It need be recalled that the government of Yameen extended by 30 days on Wednesday the state of emergency that was declared on February 6.

The emergency resulted in arrest of Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, another judge and several politicians and activists.

Meanwhile, the Maldives Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Mohamed Shainee tweeted on Thursday that the President had not rejected a UN role in “All Party Talks”.

Again,Dujarric also said that he is not aware of Secretary-General speaking to anyone in the opposition.

Earlier, the Joint Opposition led by former President Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party wrote to Guterres asking him to mediate between them and the government and to oversee any talks held.

Meanwhile, Maldives mission to the UN has set up a modest photo exhibition showing both the nature wonders of the archipelago as well as everyday scenes from the country.

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