Germany concerned over Maldives situation

Germany has expressed concerns over the situation in the Maldives, the German Embassy in Colombo said in a statement today.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle remains deeply concern about recent developments in the Maldives, particularly the violent attacks against elected officials and supporters of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the Embassy said.

“It is in the best interest of the new government to consolidate their national and international legitimacy through an independent inquiry into the events of this week,” it said.

Germany has taken note of President Waheed’s intention to form a government of “national unity”. The participation of all major parties represented in Parliament will be a decisive precondition to its political authority.

Foreign Minister Westerwelle has called upon the new leadership of the country to uphold the principles and norms of democracy and the rule of law and guarantee the right to peaceful demonstrations.