China against UN intervention in the Maldives
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China against UN intervention in the Maldives

China has already opposed any foreign intervention in the internal affairs of the Maldives after former president Mohamed Nasheed called on India to use its military to end the turmoil.

world Updated: Feb 08, 2018 22:14 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times, Beijing
Maldives,political crisis,United Nations
A Maldives soldier stands guard outside the president's residence in Male on February 8, 2018. The international community has censured President Abdulla Yameen for imposing emergency and allowing the military to detain suspects for long periods without charge. (AFP)

China indicated on Thursday that it is against any intervention by the UN in the political crisis in the Maldives, reiterating that the turmoil was the country’s internal affair.

The UN Security Council is expected to discuss the crisis in the Maldives, which boiled over when President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on Monday, during a closed-door meeting. The UN has also urged President Abdulla Yameen to end a state of emergency.

“China has followed closely the situation in theMaldives.China thinks that the current situation and dispute in the Maldivesare its internal affairs,”foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.

“It should be properly resolved through dialogue and consultation by relevant parties. The international community should respect the Maldives’ sovereignty and territorial integrity and play a constructive role for the dialogue between the relevant parties,” he said.

“Chinais willing to maintain close communication with relevant parties on the situation in theMaldives so as to restore the normal order as soon as possible,” Geng responded when he was asked ifChina will support mediation by the UN.

China - aveto-wielding permanent member of theSecurity Council - has already opposed any foreign intervention in the internal affairs of theMaldives after former president Mohamed Nasheed called on India to use its military to end the turmoil in the island nation.

Nasheed, who is in self-exile following his ouster in 2012, has accusedChina of grabbing land and backing Yameen.

China had offered assistance to the Maldives when Nasheed was president, Geng said, adding pragmatic cooperation had achieved a lot of outcomes.

“I don't know whether Nasheed will regard such kind of cooperation as grabbing. Chinahas not attached political strings to political cooperation with theMaldives. China will never endanger the independence of theMaldives.China's friendly cooperation is for all the people in theMaldives and it will serve the interests of the two countries.”

On Wednesday, Yameen sent envoys to the “friendly nations” of China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to lobby for support.

The trouble began last week after Yameen declined to implement a Supreme Court order clearing Nasheed of terror charges and freeing eight imprisoned political leaders. He later detained two top judges, including the Chief Justice, and imposed a 15-day emergency.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 19:21 IST