New York

14 February 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the situation in the Maldives

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 toward 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.