The government has stated that it is ready to support United Nations (UN) mediation in all-party discussions’ with the opposition parties.
The decision was announced on Monday by fisheries minister and chief envoy for all-party talks on behalf of the government, Dr. Mohamed Shainee.
Shainee said the Maldivian government had never objected to the UN mediating in the political party discussions.
Shainee also said that it was President Abdulla Yameen who first proposed to have a UN mediator in the all-party discussions, and that the government had not changed its decision.
When a journalist questioned whether the all-party talks could take place with opposition party leaders in jail, Shainee responded saying that those who are in prison have been put their on alleged crimes or due to being convicted of a crime.
However, since the prisoners include opposition leaders, the government is ready to go to them and carry out discussions, Shainee said.
Shainee also stated that the government is aware of the difference of opinion within the opposition parties, although the opposition has not proposed the government to amend anything.
Shainee said the government had proposed all-party talks twelve times. The ‘all-party-talks’ have failed because of the opposition’s lack of sincerity, however the parties have, to a certain degree, responded to the proposal, Shainee said.
Meanwhile UN’s Secretary General António Guterres had previously stated on social media, that the Maldivian Government had denied UN’s offer to mediate the dialogue.