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Indian senior diplomat flies to Maldives to assess situation

02-10-2012 13:53 BJT Special Report:Maldives President Resigns |

NEW DELHI, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- A senior Indian Foreign Office official is flying to Male on Friday as India feels that the situation in the Maldives is still volatile and has not stabilized "satisfactorily", reported local media.

M. Ganapathi, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs, will hold consultations with a wide range of stakeholders in the Maldives in an attempt to bring all players to the negotiating table and sort out outstanding issues, said local daily The Hindu.

India feels ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed's " defiant mood" and street protests by his Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) was an "unexpected move away from the resolution of issues," said the report.

Nasheed has called on the international community to help his country restore democracy while alleging he had been forced to resign "almost at gunpoint" and circulating videos of "police brutality" against his Maldives Democratic Party protesters in Male.

India is in touch with all concerned, said Indian diplomats based in Mali after Indian High Commissioner Dnyaneshwar Mulay met both Nasheed and new President Waheed to counsel restraint by their party cadres, according to the report.

The third person who would have a bearing on the situation, former President Abdul Gayoom, is said to be in Malaysia and is reported to be unwilling to return immediately.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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