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UN Security Council told Maldives crisis may get worse

AFP  |  United Nations 

A senior UN warned the that the situation in the where the has declared a may deteriorate even further.

The top UN body met behind closed doors to discuss the crisis sparked by Abdulla Yameen's decision to arrest judges who had ordered the release of his political opponents.

UN told the top UN body that while there were no reports of violent clashes, "the situation in the is tense and may deteriorate even further," according to UN sources.

It was the first time that the council discussed the crisis since it began on February 1, but there was no statement released after the meeting.

The crisis was triggered by a surprise decision to release from jail former and opposition leader and eight other political prisoners.

Nasheed was in self-imposed exile abroad after travelling out of the islands on prison leave.

Four days after the court order, Yameen declared the and ordered his security forces to the court to arrest the

UN has urged Yameen to lift the while UN Zeid Ra'ad has described Yameen's actions as "an all-out assault on democracy."

Jenca this week spoke by phone with the foreign minister and asked him to release the urgently.

Jenca said the government must resolve the political crisis through all-party talks and offered UN assistance to facilitate those negotiations.

On Thursday, Yameen refused to meet with diplomats from the European Union, and Britain.

Western governments, as well as neighbouring and China, have asked their citizens not to go on holiday in the picturesque but troubled nation of coral islands.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 08:00 IST