15 February 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Urges Restraint, Adherence to Maldives Constitution


after Former Leader Seeks Refuge in Indian High Commission


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is monitoring with concern the developments in the Maldives since Wednesday 13 February, when former President Mohamed Nasheed sought refuge in the Indian High Commission in the capital, Malé.

The Secretary-General urges all political actors to exercise restraint, renew their commitment to the Constitution and work towards creating conducive conditions for fair, peaceful and inclusive elections.  All parties contesting the 7 September presidential elections should be able to field the candidates of their choice, in accordance with the rule of law and the Constitution.

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