High Commission of India has expressed concern for the recent escalation of tensions in the Maldives.
Clashes in the capital Male between opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supporters and security forces have ensued every night after the party vowed to continue with demonstrations until the present government is overthrown or early presidential election dates are announced.
In a statement, the Indian High Commission urged all political Parties and socio-political organizations to maintain peace and calm and cooperate in the efforts to maintain law and order.
The High Commission also reiterated the need for all the parties to work together in the spirit of cooperation and reconciliation to resolve all the outstanding issues.
“In this context, it is important that setting aside their differences, the Parties should hold talks to ameliorate the current situation so that day to day life of Maldivian people is not affected adversely.”
Indian High Commission’s statement came at a time when the All Party Roadmap Talks initiated with the facilitation of the government of India to resolve the political strife in Maldives has remained in deadlock for over a month.
Although the moderator of the Talks have pressed for a high-level sit-down to resume the discussions, former President and pro-government Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) interim President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has stressed that he would not come to the same table with his successor and MDP presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed.
Following Gayoom’s stand, Nasheed has since issued an apology to his predecessor over the claims that Gayoom had instigated that the “coup” which allegedly overthrew Nasheed’s government on February 7.