Male, October 5 (newsin.asia): The Government of Maldives has said that it categorically rejects the non-binding resolution on the Maldives adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“The resolution is highly motivated by one-sided political rhetoric and contains inaccuracies, contradictions, misrepresentations and baseless allegations. The resolution is further aimed at undermining the Constitution of the Maldives,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.
“It is unfortunate that the European Parliament has adopted such a resolution with complete disregard to the considerable gains made by the Government of Maldives in terms of socio-economic development, consolidating democracy and upholding the rule of law, over the past few years.”
“It is also difficult to comprehend the motive behind such a resolution when the Government of Maldives is preparing to welcome a European Parliament delegation in a few weeks’ time, where they could have had the opportunity to assess the situation on the ground and adopt a fair and balanced resolution,” the statement said.
However, the statement added that the Government of Maldives will continue to work closely with the European Union, especially with the European Commission.
The statement went on to say that the Government takes note of the statement given by the European External Action Service (EEAS) at the European Parliament today, and concurs with the view that the way forward is positive engagement on issues of mutual concern.”
The Government said that it remains committed to work with all international partners who wish to engage in a collaborative and constructive manner in the consolidation of democracy in the Maldives.
Call for Talks
“The Government of Maldives wishes to take this opportunity to reiterate its call for all political parties to engage with the Government through constructive dialogue with a view to ensuring fulfillment of the hopes and aspirations of the Maldivian people for a better future,” the statement said.
(The featured image at the top is that of the European Parliament in Strasbourg)