Sri Lanka calls for peaceful solution to situation in Maldives

Sri Lanka has called for a peaceful solution to the situation in the Maldives.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Sri Lanka is observing the evolving situation in the Maldives.

“We urge all parties to uphold the rule of law and the constitution, and find a peaceful solution to the current situation,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Maldives has been tensed after a supreme court ruling on Thursday which ordered the release of nine key political prisoners, including exiled former leader Mohamed Nasheed.

A delay by the Maldives government to free the political prisoners has resulted in street protests led by the Maldives opposition.

Attorney General Mohamed Anil however assured the media that the Maldives Administration was working with all relevant authorities of the State, to carrying out the speedy implementation of the Supreme Court ruling.

He said that he has held discussions with the Chief Justice and raised the Administration’s concerns over the court’s ruling, to release detainees from custody, with regard to the nature of their offences such as terrorism, corruption, embezzlement, and treason.

The Attorney General stated that the Administration has highlighted concerns over the consequences that maybe presented in the immediate implementation of the court’s ruling.

The Attorney General also highlighted that the Chief Justice had advised the Administration to proceed with implementation within due process. In this regard, the Attorney General said that the Prosecutor General was currently in the process of examining the cases to determine the best way to proceed with the implementation of the Supreme Court’s ruling, and that the Prosecutor General would present recommendations at the earliest.

Anil further reiterated the high priority accorded by the Administration to ensure the security and safety of the Maldivian people, and maintain the peace and stability of the country – going on to commend the efforts of the Ministry of Defence and National Security, Ministry of Home Affairs, Maldives National Defence Force, and the Maldives Police Service for their contributions. (Colombo Gazette)