22nd May 2012, Male’; The Participants in the All-Party Talks reconvened yesterday and, according to the Convener, Mr. Ahmed Mujuthaba, were able to make important progress. The Talks were established in the immediate aftermath of the 7th February transfer of power, as part of a process to resolve political tensions through dialogue.
Since they were first convened, the talks have faced a number of procedural delays, however, at yesterday's meeting, delegates from all parties agreed on the order of a six-point agenda. They also agreed to speed-up the talks by holding a two- or three-day retreat (until now, participants have only met for a few hours at a time). After the meeting, Mr. Mujuthaba announced that he is hopeful that the talks will be concluded soon and that all decisions had been reached by consensus.
According to Mr. Mujuthaba the order will proceed as follows:
Parties have reacted positively to the consensual manner in which the talks took place yesterday. For example, one of the Maldives Democratic Party's (MDP - the party of former President Nasheed) representatives, Mr. Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, said he believed the most recent session was a “breakthrough”.
The All-Party Talks will continue later this month at a two-day weekend retreat at Bandos Island Resort and Spa. The retreat may be extended for a further day if required.