UN chief voices concern about political situation in Maldives

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UNITED NATIONS, Dec 4 (APP): UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon has
expressed concern on the increasing polarization in the Maldives, which has made dialogue among the government and political parties difficult.
The secretary general encouraged all concerned to work toward an
inclusive dialogue, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.
“The Secretary General strongly encourages all concerned to work
toward an inclusive dialogue aimed at finding mutually acceptable solutions based on compromise, the primacy of the national interest and the preservation of democratic principles and institutions,” it said.
The statement added that the UN reiterates its readiness to extend its
support to an inclusive and genuine dialogue as the UN chief is concerned about political situation in Maldives and continue facilitation efforts.
UN officials were in the Maldives in March and April, seeking to help
start talks between the government and the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party in order to resolve a protracted political crisis in the small island country.
The UN sponsored effort to spur dialogue failed after proximity talks
with a UN envoy.
A follow up visit in July by Tamrat Samuel, a special advisor at the UN
Department of Political Affairs, ended with no sign of meaningful progress.