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Official Spokesperson's Statement in response to a question regarding situation in Maldives

November 16, 2012

In response to a question regarding situation in Maldives, the Official Spokesperson stated:

We have seen reports related to the arrest of former Secretary General SAARC and other members of the Majlis in the Maldives earlier today.

India has maintained regular dialogue with Maldivian authorities. As a close and friendly neighbour, we are concerned at the continuing political instability in the country. There is an urgent need for dialogue and reconciliation among all political parties in Maldives in a peaceful and democratic manner.

India urges the Government of Maldives and all political parties to adhere strictly to democratic principles and the rule of law thus paving the way for the holding of free, fair and credible elections. Violence and coercive measures are not conducive to this end.

India has been concerned at the occurrence of anti-India demonstrations and statements by a section in Maldives. A senior official of the Government of India visited Maldives recently and conveyed our concerns in regard to recent developments in the country.

The situation is being monitored closely keeping in view the need to ensure safety and security of Indians in Maldives and Indian interests in that country.

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