Contrary to media reports, the Government of Maldives wishes to clarify that it has never rejected any proposal for dialogue to be facilitated through the auspices of the United Nations in connection with the ongoing political developments in the Maldives. 

In fact, it was President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom who in June 2015 requested the United Nations Secretary General to assist with All Party Talks.  Thereafter, several rounds of negotiations took place with the assistance of the Secretary General’s Envoy in 2015 and 2016.  The Talks did not yield progress due to the lack of cooperation and commitment from the Opposition parties.  Yet, the Government of Maldives has remained committed to All-Party Talks and has kept the UN fully engaged, with the hope of resuming the Talks at an early opportunity. 

The President’s proposed amendment to the Decree (No. 2018/3) declaring the State of Emergency was approved by the People’s Majlis today.

The Government of Maldives expresses its disappointment at the misinformation being circulated in the media today, regarding the European Delegation of Ambassadors’ visit to the Maldives.

The Government of the Maldives takes note of the statements issued by international organizations and friendly countries in relation to the Supreme Court ruling of 1 February 2018. The Government once again reiterates its firm commitment to respect the rulings of the Supreme Court and assures the Maldivian people and the international community that it is continuing to work with all relevant authorities to implement the Supreme Court ruling, in line with proper procedure and rule of law.

The Government of the Maldives reiterates its firm commitment to uphold and abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court.