Wednesday, 04 November 2015

Situation in Maldives remain stable and calm: Foreign Minister Dunya

Issued By 

4 November 2015, Male'; "Today’s measures are a pre-emptive and precautionary action by the Government in light of several significant security threats that have emerged in the last week. Airports, transport hubs, and tourist resorts remain completely secure; and we have received no evidence to suggest otherwise."

MALE – This morning the Government of the Maldives has declared a national state of emergency. The reason for the State of Emergency is because the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and the Maldives Police have discovered a large cache of arms in two different locations in the Maldives, and that the security forces believe that some weapons and ammunitions are still missing, and that the security forces have information that some individuals are planning to use these weapons and ammunition, which poses a serious threat to the people and to national security.

The Government of the Maldives takes the security and safety of its citizens, and the tourists visiting the country as its priority. The purpose of the measures announced today is to ensure that security forces are given all possible assistance in their mission to investigate and detain individuals or groups who seek to create instability or subvert the democratic institutions of the country.

On 2 November, the Maldives Police in conjunction with the Maldives National Defence Force found a suspicious device located within a vehicle near the Presidential residence of Muliaage in the capital, Male. Following analysis by experts, the device was transported to the stadium, where it was successfully diffused.

The Maldives police are now investigating the incident as a matter of urgency.

Several caches of weapons have also been found in two locations in the country. This includes assault rifles found that belonged to the state armoury. A large quantity of bomb making material was also uncovered. The weapons were found from an island in the north of the Maldives.

The Government has every confidence that its security services will continue to keep not only the capital but also all parts of the country secure from a minority who seek to harm others. Our airports, transport hubs and tourist resorts remain completely secure.

Commenting, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dunya Maumoon said: "Today’s measures are precautionary action by the government in light of several security threats that have emerged in the last week. As a government we have a responsibility to our citizens to ensure they can go about their daily lives in peace and security. We are determined to root out a small minority who seem intent on causing damage to people and property."

"Our security forces are working tirelessly to investigate both the discovery of unlicensed weapons on an outer island as well as the explosive device found in Male’ on Monday".

"The security of our resorts and islands is not under threat and we have received no evidence to suggest otherwise. The Maldives is safe for international visitors".

"The purpose of today’s announcement is to send a clear message. Those who seek to cause harm and unrest through violence – whether their aims are political, religious or otherwise – have no place in our country. We are a young, vibrant democracy and will do all we can to uphold those values."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of the Maldives

Website: www.foreign.gov.mv

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