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UN concerns about security of former Maldivian president

02-10-2012 09:58 BJT Special Report:Maldives President Resigns |

MALE, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Thursday expressed its concerned over the security of the former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed who is wanted by court following spate of violent protests throughout the island nation.

Visiting UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez Taranco who is on a three day mission to crisis ridden island archipelago made the remark on Thursday night at Male airport.

"We are concerned about the security of the former president. His rights like those of all Maldivian need to be protected and respected. And any issues need to be dealt properly within the justice system of the Maldives," Fernandez-Taranco said.

The UN official also called on all Maldivians to refrain from violence and find an internal solution to the crisis.

"I urge all actors of Maldives to end violence as it can further polarize the situation."

Following Wednesday's violent protests throughout a number of islands by supporters of Nasheed's party, a criminal court on Thursday issued an order to arrest him together with his former defense minister. However Nasheed was not arrested until Thursday night.

During his visit, Taranco is to meet leaders of the government, different political parties, members of parliament, member of civil society, academia and human rights organization in Maldives.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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