Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has said that it was shameful for Maldives not to participate in the vote to place an item regarding the prevention of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity to be placed in the agenda of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
In a tweet on Saturday, Mr. Gayoom said that it was a shame that ‘Muslim Maldives’ did not vote when there is a worldwide outpouring of support for Rohingya Muslims.
In another tweet, he said that the vote to place the item on the UNGA agenda was highly relevant to Rohingya Muslims as it calls for the elimination of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, adding that it was a shame that the government’s top officials do not realize it.
This was in response to the government’s claim that the vote had nothing to do with the oppression of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Also on Twitter, self-exiled Former President Mohamed Nasheed accused the Maldives government of ‘again’ outsourcing its foreign policy by absconding from the UN vote.
This is regarding claims by some that China, a close ally of the current administration, had pressured Maldives not to participate in the vote.
He said the move has forsaken Indian Ocean security and ignored the war crimes against the Rohingya Muslims.