UN Security Council told Maldives crisis may get worse

UN Security Council told Maldives crisis may get worse

UN Security Council told Maldives crisis may get worse

China continues to maintain there should not be any external interference, the officials said.

The Maldives, best known for luxury tourist resorts, has become another arena of contest for India and China after it signed up to Beijing's Belt and Road initiative to build trade and transport links across Asia and beyond.

The stand-off between India and China in the Dokalam area and Beijing's opposition to declaring Pakistan-based Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations had been major irritants in bilateral ties in the past.

Srikanth Kondapalli, a professor of Chinese studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, said India was concerned about China's influence and intervention "in the internal affairs of the Maldives" through the iHavan project.

A pro-opposition television network in the Maldives was forced to shut down on Friday amid threats to its staff over their reporting on the current political crisis that has plunged the picturesque Indian Ocean archipelago into deeper turmoil. We hope relevant parties in the Maldives can properly resolve the issue through consultation and restore national stability and social order as soon as possible.

Earlier, a section of the Indian media had reported that the President of Maldives was sending special envoys to China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia to discuss the country's political crisis but had chosen to ignore India.

Security Council has been told that the political crisis in the Maldives may get worse.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the worldwide community should respect sovereignty and independence of the Maldives.

"The global community should play a constructive role on the basis of respecting the sovereignty of the Maldives rather than take actions that may further complicate the situation", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said without mentioning India.

Nawaz's leveled the accusations shortly after the United Nations human rights chief called the declaration of a state of emergency declared for the Maldives by President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and its suspension of constitutional guarantees an "all-out assault on democracy".

"China has poured in unconditional aid and assistance for the Maldives' socio-economic development".

However, it is not yet clear what is the takeaway from Saeed's China visit.

Effective for 15 days, the emergency declaration suspended parliament's authority to remove the president and the top court's jurisdiction to determine disputes concerning removal of the president. "How will they resolve their internal affairs (problems) you should ask them".

Later the same day, he tweeted, "Maldivians see India's role positively: in '88 they came, resolved the crisis, and left".

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