Ummid Assistant

Samsung sets up fund for poor kids' education

US varsity offers doctorate for education professionals

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home International

India brokers deal, Maldives parties agree for early polls

Friday February 17, 2012 12:04:39 AM, IANS

Related Articles

Resigned almost at gunpoint, says ousted Maldives President Nasheed

With the crisis in the Maldives deepening as defiant former president Mohamed Nasheed alleged a coup, India has stepped  

Arrest Nasheed: Maldives court

Nasheed disappointed with India, says Maldives ex-foreign minister

Male: In a triumph of diplomacy, India Thursday succeeded in brokering a political deal in the Maldives, with all political parties agreeing to hold elections "as early as possible", paving the way for a political reconciliation in the island nation that plunged into turmoil after Mohamed Nasheed resigned as president Feb 7.

The breakthrough came after Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, the second senior Indian diplomat to visit the Maldives after the dramatic transfer of power, held talks with key political figures, including ousted president Mohamed Nasheed and his successor Mohamed Waheed Hassan.

Mathai also met Abdulla Yameen of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Thasmeen Ali of the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), Chief Justice of the Maldivian Supreme Court and the Speaker of the People's Majlis.

After wide-ranging discussions, the feuding Maldivian parties agreed on a formulation that holds out the hope for an early return of peace and stability to the strategically located island nation.

"Consequent to my discussions, the following formulation was agreed upon by all the parties concerned; In addition, in the interests of national reconciliation and to encourage harmony between our citizens, the government of National Unity will hold discussions with all relevant parties to conduct elections by an early date," Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said in the capital Male.

"The government of national unity will work towards the conditions that will permit such elections to take place including any necessary constitutional amendments," said Mathai.

"There was a degree of convergence on how matters should be taken forward. The parties also agree to the need for maintenance of constitutional order," said Mathai. "The president has come out with a roadmap for an inclusive political process which provides a very good basis for the parties to resolve their differences," stressed Mathai.

After initial missteps when India quickly recognized the regime of the new president Mohamed Waheed Hasan, India made up by brokering a broad-based political deal by conceding to the long-standing demand of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) for early election.

"I reiterated our belief that there is need for a Maldivian led process for reconciliation and resolving political differences through constitutional means," he said.

Mathai, who was expected to return Thursday afternoon to host a reception for the media at his residence, had to prolong his stay in the Maldives by a few hours as a political settlement which India had been pushing for looked imminent.

"The MDP, on its part, committed itself to encouraging an atmosphere appropriate to the holding of elections. In this context, we understand that their decision to hold a rally tomorrow is being reconsidered," said Mathai.

With India stepping up its political outreach in the Maldives, Nasheed softened his stance saying he was now satisfied with New Delhi's "more realistic approach" towards the crisis in the picture-pretty atoll nation.

"I now fully understand how things may be brought into a proper alignment and I am much more satisfied," Nasheed told reporters in Male after talks with Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai Wednesday night.

"I am more than satisfied with India and I believe that Indians have (in mind) the best interest of Maldivian people," said Nasheed, the country's first democratically-elected president who resigned Feb 7 amid opposition protests and a police revolt.

Mathai, the second senior Indian diplomat to visit the Maldives after the dramatic transfer of power, held talks with key political figures, including Nasheed and his successor Mohamed Waheed Hassan.

Only a few days ago, Nasheed had voiced disappointment with India's stand after New Delhi quickly recognized the new president, barely 24 hours after Nasheed resigned amid controversial circumstances.

M. Ganapathi, secretary (west) in the external affairs ministry, went as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's special envoy last week to meet key political figures to underline the need for a broad-based coalition government.





Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS



More Headlines

Smoking zaps healthy bugs, invites pathogens

Don't close riots case probe against Tytler, court told

'Ban Gita' court battle restarts in Russia

Almost all major terror cases solved: Government

Outrage as Indian fishermen die in Italian ship firing

Court refuses to stay summons against Google, Facebook

Graduates not eligible for sweeper job!

India may allow Pakistani investments

Samsung sets up fund for poor kids' education

Law on anti-tobacco warnings ignored in two states: Study

Lyricist Gulzar's name missing from electoral rolls!

Bangkok blasts not terrorist act, says Thai deputy PM

US varsity offers doctorate for education professionals





Top Stories

45 percent voting in Mumbai civic elections

In a show of voter apathy, Mumbai marked a turnout of 45 percent in elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the richest civic body in India. A top civic official, however, said that the voter percentage  

Elections will see communal parties losing relevance: Chavan

High voltage Maharashtra municipal poll campaign ends

Lyricist Gulzar's name missing from electoral rolls!


  Most Read

IOC defends Dow, will remain Olympic sponsor

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says Dow Chemicals will remain a sponsor at the London Olympics   

Olympics ethics panel commissioner quits over Dow sponsorship

After Khurshid, another minister promises quotas in UP

Congress leader and Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has reignited the row over reservations for minorities in Uttar Pradesh by promising sub-quotas for Muslims if the party was voted to power in the state. Addressing a political rally at Kayamganj  

BJP hits out at PM's 'deafening silence'


  News Pick

Bangkok blasts not terrorist act, says Thai deputy PM

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha said Thursday that the three explosions in downtown Bangkok Tuesday were a security issue and there was no evidence to classify them as a terror attack  

Law on anti-tobacco warnings ignored in two states: Study

Nearly two months after the deadline for printing harsher, coloured pictorial health warnings on packs of tobacco products, a study in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat has found that over 75 percent of products  

Death and Defiance in Damascus

WHEN the history of these interesting times is written, the people of Syria will perhaps take their place right at the top. Of course, the courage  

Hundreds killed in Homs; wounded denied medical care: HRW


Picture of the Day

A month-long showcase, "Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital", which opened at the NGMA late Monday evening, has now recreated the making of the city of Delhi from the Mutiny of 1857 to the present day with more than 250 rare documents. Part of this collection above is an artist's view of early 19th century Delhi.



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.