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Updated: February 29, 2012 22:38 IST

India again plays peacemaker

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Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai has proposed a paper which hinted at Presidential election before the end of this year, Maldivian media reported on Wednesday. File photo
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai has proposed a paper which hinted at Presidential election before the end of this year, Maldivian media reported on Wednesday. File photo

With each party to the conflict in The Maldives agreeing to one thing and doing another, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai made an unprecedented second visit within a fortnight to sort out issues.

After two days of consultations with President Waheed Hassan; the former President, Mohamed Nasheed; and the representatives of smaller parties — who, in fact, had stood in the way of meaningful solution — Mr. Mathai said there was “Broad agreement on the need for early elections.”

A press statement said the objective of his visit was to “take forward the political process and continue India's engagement with all parties concerned. In this connection, Foreign Secretary had extensive consultations with all parties individually and collectively. All parties expressed the view that India had played a very useful role in taking the process forward as a facilitator and friend of the Maldivian people.”

There was a broad measure of agreement in talks, according to the statement. Continued dialogue on the way forward, including possible amendment to the Constitution and enactment of legislation for institutional reforms, and all Parties recognising the need to undertake the necessary amendments and legislation within a quick timeframe in the People's Majlis were among the broad agreements.

Dr. Waheed while reiterating appreciation for India's assistance and support to the reconciliation process, conveyed in a concluding meeting with the Foreign Secretary that considerable progress had been achieved and that there was optimism on the further potential outcome. It was agreed that India would continue its role of facilitator, as needed.

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I really don't understand why they are so afraid of early elections. I
don't think they are being asked much. Even if they think former
President Nasheed had overstepped, or even if they wanted to prove
their legitimacy, elections are the only way forward. What the people
want, the people should get! They can hold the elections even on
November or December. So why not?

from:  Adham
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 23:22 IST

I think india is passing their boundary being a Maldivian its our decision to deciding on a election or early election. India should mind that china is still inactive to current crisis. Being a regional power doesn't mean india has a right to influence civil matters.

from:  Ahmed
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 17:59 IST

Mathai was assured by pro government parties during the first visist that they are committed to early polls however during this visit he has seen the real image and hypocrisy of the current government. He was deal in a very inappropriate manner for a high foreign diplomat. Most Maldivians are very furious and uncomfortable with this misbehavior.

from:  Finaldawn
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 15:12 IST

The early and fresh presidential elections are only solution for the
present political crisis in Maldieves.Being a regional power it's
responsibility for India to assist to resolve the issue.

from:  Mohit Kumar Shukla
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 13:37 IST
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