UN Official Meets with Maldives Leaders

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A top United Nations official is in Maldives for talks Friday with the current and former presidents to find way to resolve the Indian Ocean archipelago's political situation peacefully.

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has called on “all political actors to remain calm and prevent any type of violence.”

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for former President Mohamed Nasheed, a day after violent clashes between police and his supporters spread throughout the capital to several outlying islands.

Mr. Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader, said he was forced from office in a coup and that he feared new President Mohammed Waheed Hassan was involved in the coup attempt. He has urged the country's judiciary to investigate those responsible for his ouster.

President Hassan has denied allegations about his involvement in the coup. He said he was unprepared to take control of the country and would soon appoint a unity cabinet.

Mr. Nasheed told reporters Thursday he hopes the international community will respond quickly to the situation because he expects to be jailed soon. His wife and daughter have fled to Sri Lanka, but the former leader said he will fight the proceedings.

Mr. Nasheed resigned Tuesday after numerous calls by protesters and police officers for him to step down. His former deputy, Waheed Hassan, was sworn in as president hours later.

The resignation came after Mr. Nasheed ordered the arrest of a senior judge, sparking three weeks of protests.