`India should safeguard democracy in Maldives`

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 10:53

Male: As the closest ally of Maldives, India
has a moral obligation to ensure that democracy is safeguarded
sustained in the country, Home Minister Mohamed Jameel Ahmed
has said.

Jameel said it would be a blow to
India as well, if the nascent democracy in Maldives fails to
live up to its promises.

The comments came as reports said that some political
parties were looking at India`s role in resolving the
political crisis in the country as an interference in their
internal affairs.

Jameel said he and coalition partners had always welcomed
the role played by India as a facilitator in pushing all party
talks for reconciliation and charting the future roadmap.

"It will be a moral obligation on the part of India to see
that democracy is sustained at Maldives, and if not it will be
a blow to India as well as it the closest ally to our
country," he said.

He also thanked Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai for his
efforts to broker a deal between political parties and
ensuring that the fractured polity set on a course of
negotiations.

Mathai has made two visits to Maldives ever since the
crisis erupted following Mohamed Nasheed`s ouster from power.

On his latest visit to Male, Mathai made it clear that
India was just a facilitator in the affairs and was playing
the role as sought by President Mohammed Waheed Hassan.

Jameel clarified that he did not say that India was
interfering in the internal affairs of Maldives as quoted by a
report but his comments were referring to media reports over
allegations of interference.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 10:53

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