New York

19 September 2013

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

The Secretary-General is carefully monitoring the situation in the Maldives following the first round of the presidential election held on 7 September. 

He notes that the conduct of the first round had been widely recognized as a success by international and domestic election observers.

The Secretary-General urges all political leaders to live up to their responsibilities, respect the democratic process and continue to allow for a peaceful, inclusive and credible vote to take place in the second round of the presidential polls on 28 September as scheduled and in accordance with the Constitution. 

He stresses the utmost importance of the will of the Maldivian people being respected throughout the process.