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India trying to find its way out of Maldives crisis

Saturday, 16 February 2013 - 5:00am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
India is trying to find a way out of the crisis for itself but without being seen like interfering in another country's internal issues.

Literally dragged by ex-president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed into his country's internal politics, India is trying to find a way out of the crisis for itself but without being seen like interfering in another country's internal issues.

“India was unwillingly dragged into the whole issue as Nasheed walked into Indian High Commission in Male. For now he would stay at the commission but we are having discussions with him for the way forward. We got involved without any fault of ours whatsoever,” said sources while admitting that they are now trying to fix up the matter.

Authorities in Maldives have already clarified that he won't be arrested if he comes out as arrest warrant against him has expired. India has also asked Maldives to ensure free and fair democratic presidential elections scheduled to take place in September later this year.

“Sooner or later Nasheed would realise that he would have to go back to his people if he wants to be a serious contender in the upcoming elections and if he wants to play a part in the politics of his country. He can't remain in the Indian high commission forever if he wants to fight elections which he has clarified that he wants to,” sources added.

Sources stated that Indian government will be talking to both Nasheed and Maldives authorities to find a solution.

It also denied Friday that it is trying to interfere in internal affairs of the Maldives and that Indian statement issued after Nasheed walked into the Indian High Commission in Male Wednesday was never meant to "pass a judgement on their internal system". Maldives government had accused India of undermining its democratic institutions.

Meanwhile, Official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had a telephonic discussion with the Foreign Minister of Maldives Thursday.

India stressed that it would like to see free, fair, credible and inclusive elections leading up to a stable, peaceful and prosperous Maldives.

India clarified that as part of its commitment to multi-party democracy, it has broad based contacts with all political parties and democratic institutions in Maldives without interfering in the internal affairs of that country.

The Maldives Foreign Minister assured Khurshid that the Maldivian Government would do its utmost to prevent any precipitate act that adversely affects the atmosphere for a free and fair democratic process and rule of law.


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