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UN officials call for calm in Maldives

02-10-2012 07:35 BJT Special Report:Maldives President Resigns |

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A senior UN official on Thursday called for calm and an end to all violence in Maldives, saying that "there can be no externally-generated solutions, and that any peaceful solution in the Maldives must be nationally-led and supported by the people."

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco made the statement after he arrived in the country late on Thursday, and held a press event at the airport in Male, the capital of the country.

He said it would be critical to avoid retribution against political rivals, and to ensure in particular the continued safety of Mr. Nasheed, the former president.

The UN official said that he planned to hold meetings with leaders of the government and the political parties in the coming days - including the newly sworn-in president and his predecessor.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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