16 December 2015, Brussels; The Government of Maldives wishes to express its concern regarding a motion for a resolution due to be discussed at a European Parliament session agenda item on the ‘Situation in the Maldives’ to be held on 17 December 2015.
The Government would also like to highlight that this motion contains a number of inaccuracies and omit key facts regarding the Government’s engagement work with international stakeholders, especially with the European Union. Of particular concern is the apparent lack of awareness of the close collaboration between the Government of Maldives and the European Union’s European External Action Service (EEAS). Indeed as part of this collaboration, the Maldives has invited a senior EEAS team to visit Maldives and hold discussions on the technical experts that EU would be sending to the Maldives to assist in strengthening its independent institutions, including the judiciary. It is equally worrying that such a resolution has come out just after the success of the Paris Climate Summit, where Maldives and the EU worked in close partnership to enable consensus on the text of the Paris Agreement.
It is disappointing that an institution such as the European Parliament, which is regarded highly for the professionalism of its members, tables a motion that is based on factually inaccurate, incomplete, and baseless information. For the Government of Maldives, it appears to be the latest in a series of efforts by a select group of MEPs to push for the adoption of baseless resolutions to undermine Maldivian economy and our democracy. Such a resolution has just a single objective; putting pressure on the Government to release an individual from prison who is convicted of ordering the abduction of a judge of the country’s criminal court.
The Government remains committed to upholding democratic values and the rule of law, and will continue working with the European Union, and other international stakeholders, to strengthen the young democratic institutions of the country. However, the Government hopes that its European partners will respect that the Maldives requires space and time to further consolidate the considerable democratic gains that we have achieved, in such short period of time.