24 February 2016, London; The Government of Maldives has today invited the Commonwealth Secretary-General to appoint an eminent Statesperson as a Special Envoy for the Maldives to help the country in accelerating its democratisation process. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Dunya Maumoon extended this invitation while briefing the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) at the Group’s meeting held today in London.
At the meeting, Minister Dunya, and Attorney General Mr Mohamed Anil highlighted that the relationship between the Maldives and the Commonwealth should be transformed into a more long-term sustainable partnership. A partnership that would help the Maldives to complete its transition into, and in nurturing and consolidating of, democracy.
The Foreign Minister and the Attorney General, in their briefing to the CMAG, stated that the Commonwealth’s continued interest in the Maldives is a good thing for the country’s on-going democratisation process and that the Government is committed to promoting and protecting the fundamental political values of the Commonwealth.
Foreign Minister Dunya stated that President Yameen’s immediate priority is to create an environment characterised by mutual trust among the political actors in the Maldives, and to that end, the President recently announced his plans to reconvene Political Party Talks. To date, none of the political parties invited have rejected to take part in the talks.
At today’s meeting, Minister Dunya and Attorney General Anil also briefed the CMAG about the Government’s on-going collaboration with the UN and the European Union in further strengthening the justice sector. In this regard, Minister Dunya noted that the EU sent an expert judge recently to work with the Attorney General’s Office to identify areas to support in capacity building, and that the findings of the expert will be presented at a workshop in Brussels in early March.
Minister Dunya also briefed the CMAG on the on-going activities implemented by the Government in countering the emerging threats of terrorism and violent extremism, which, more than anything, are threatening the fundamental political values of the Commonwealth.
Minister Dunya and Attorney General Anil reiterated the President’s commitment to work with the Commonwealth in consolidating democracy in the Maldives, and the Government’s expectation that the Commonwealth will join the process and move forward with the Maldives.