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Maldives crisis: President Yameen refuses UN General-Secy's mediation offer

The crisis in the island nation began on February 1 when the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the terrorism conviction of former president Mohamed Nasheed on several charges

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President Yameen. Photo: Twitter
President Yameen. Photo: Twitter

has turned down UN Antonio Guterres' offer to mediate between him and the opposition in the ongoing political crisis, Guterres's Deputy said.

"He offered to the (Yameen) UN mediation but the conveyed that mediation was not wanted at this stage," Haq said on Wednesday.

Asked about extending the state of emergency that was set to expire on Wednesday for another 30 days, he said: "The is following the situation in the closely and with concern."

The crisis in the island nation began on February 1 when the unanimously overturned the terrorism conviction of former as well as that of eight other politicians on several charges.

In response, Yameen clamped down the state of emergency and arrested and another along with several politicians on February 6.

The three judges remaining on the overturned the court's unanimous ruling ordering the release of the nine politicians.

On Wednesday, Yameen reiterated his offer to hold negotiations with the opposition.

Responding to an earlier offer of talks by Yameen, the Joint Opposition led by Nasheed's wrote to asking him to mediate and to oversee the talks.

The opposition leaders expressed scepticism about the talks offer saying they was concerned that it was a ploy to ease reaction to its recent actions, according to the

Earlier this month Guterres, who has called for restoration of democracy, reiterated "his belief in finding a solution to the political stalemate in the through all-party talks, which the UN continues to stand ready to facilitate".

First Published: Thu, February 22 2018. 09:44 IST