US hopeful of peaceful resolution of Maldivian conflict
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Last Updated: Friday, March 02, 2012, 16:12
Washington: Expressing concern about the disorderly protests in Maldives and the disruption of the opening session of its Parliament, the United States hoped that various parties in this island nation would be able to resolve their differences peacefully.

"We were again welcoming the fact that all sides are trying to resolve the political impasse through a dialogue on a new democratic process. We are encouraging everybody to be non-violent and to take advantage of that dialogue that's ongoing," the State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference yesterday.

In an interview to a Maldivian news channel, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake hoped that all parties would come together to peacefully resolve the issue.

"I hope all the parties can come together and try to work through these difficult issues and do so in a peaceful and constructive manner," he told TV Maldives in an interview, according to the transcripts provided by the State Department.

"We welcome the efforts that all sides are making to find a peaceful way forward in the Maldives, and we also welcome the ongoing dialogue among Maldivians regarding the role of a unity government in addressing issues of common interest, including a democratisation process that would create the conditions for potential early elections," Blake said.

The US official asked the parties to enact the needed reforms and engage in constructive dialogue for prioritising the best interests of the country, while not allowing violence to further complicate the situation.

The US, he said, continues to believe that there are outstanding questions regarding the transfer of power that took place on February 7.

The United States believes that an independent investigation is the best way to determine what actually happened and reach a conclusion that will allow Maldivians to move forward with a unity government.

"So, we very much welcome the appointment of a Maldivian National Inquiry Commission, and again, we hope that Commission can move forward expeditiously to conduct its investigation and tell the Maldivian people of its findings," Blake said.

"I think it is really up for the Maldivians to conduct a dialogue among themselves. As you know, I was there about two weeks ago, and we're always happy to help in any way we can to encourage the parties to work together.

However, he added that it is an incumbent right now on all the leaders of the parties to try to forge an agreement in the interests of the people, keeping aside their narrow, partisan interests.


First Published: Friday, March 02, 2012, 16:12

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