New York

17 November 2013

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

The Secretary-General welcomes the conclusion of the run-off of the presidential election in the Maldives. Once again, the people of the Maldives have turned out to vote in impressive numbers, showing their determination to choose their next president, despite the many obstacles and delays. The close contest highlights the need for the new administration to engage the opposition in a constructive manner and to lead the country in the interest of all Maldivians. The Secretary-General notes the preliminary assessment by international and domestic observers that the election was administered in a transparent and professional manner and congratulates the tireless efforts of the Elections Commission. The Secretary-General strongly urges all political leaders, state institutions and the Maldivian people to work urgently toward genuine reconciliation and to advance the country’s democratic process through long-term institutional reforms, in particular strengthening the judiciary and accountability mechanisms, and promoting a national dialogue.

The Secretary-General stands ready to continue to provide the support of the United Nations for democratic progress and prosperity in the Maldives.