17 December 2015, Brussels; The Government of Maldives wishes to take note of the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 17th December.
The Resolution contains a number of inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and baseless allegations. Further, it is quite inappropriate, and indeed irresponsible, for an institution such as the European Parliament, to call for the release of detainees and prisoners who have committed serious criminal offences, publicly admitted having committed that offences. Democracy will be consolidated by upholding, and by encouraging to uphold the rule of law.
The Government of Maldives will continue to work closely with the European Union, especially with the Commission. In this regard, the Government takes note of the statement given by the European External Action Service (EEAS) at the European Parliament, and agrees that the way forward is working closely on issues of mutual concern.
The Government remains committed, and will continue to work with the European Union and other international partners who wish to engage in a collaborative and constructive manner in the consolidation of democracy in the Maldives.