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July 16, 10

NEWS / UN chief urges dialogue to resolve political tensions in the Maldives

16 July 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern at rising political tensions in the Maldives, which led to some violent demonstrations earlier this week, and called for tackling all issues through dialogue.

“He urges all political parties to restrain those who promote violence and confrontation, and to resolve their differences through dialogue,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

“Political rivalries should not be allowed to jeopardize the significant gains the country has registered in democratic reform,” the statement added.

The leader of the main opposition party, Abdullah Yameen Gayoom, was reportedly taken into custody on Thursday by the country’s security forces, the latest development over the past week, which also saw the restoration of the cabinet of President Mohamed Nasheed following an earlier resignation.

Mr. Nasheed was elected in 2008, in the Indian Ocean archipelago’s first-ever multi-party presidential elections, ending 30 years of rule by Mohammed Abdul Gayoom.

Mr. Ban urged the Government and all parties to ensure the rule of law is maintained, and to safeguard the rights and protections enshrined in the constitution.

“The Secretary-General recognizes the positive steps taken by the Maldives to advance democracy in recent years and underlines the importance of cooperation and accommodation among the various political actors as an essential ingredient of building democracy.”




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