EU calls for restraint in the Maldives

The European Union (EU) has called for restraint from all sides in the Maldives following political tensions resulting from the resignation of former President Mohammad Nasheed.

A statement from the EU office in Colombo said that EU Heads of Mission (HoMs) accredited to the Maldives resident in Colombo are currently visiting the Maldives and have had talks with government officials and political actors.

EU HoMs note with concern ongoing political tensions and urge all sides to exercise restraint, the statement said.

“There must be an end to violence and no political retribution. In this regard we note the large political rally being planned for Friday 17 February, and urge all sides to do everything possible to ensure that this takes place in a peaceful and lawful manner,” the EU added.

The EU said that acts of provocation on the part of participants or the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies would be completely unacceptable at this point.