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Maldives' current crisis not similar to attack of Nov 1988: Menon

07 March 2018, MVT 00:39
The former National Security Advisor of India, Shivshankar Menon. PHOTO/AFP
07 March 2018, MVT 00:39

The former National Security Advisor of India, Shivshankar Menon, has stated that there was no call for Indian intervention to change the government of the Maldives, as the island country was not under an armed attack similar to the coup of November 3, 1988.

In November 3, 1988, Indian troops had been sent to the Maldives at the request of the then President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, to neutralize an armed coup attempt by the People Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) with the help of a few Maldivian collaborators.

In a ceremony held at the National Institute of Technology in India, the former foreign secretary had defended the Indian government’s stance on the Maldives, stating that India had no interest in having a specific individual as the president of the Maldives.

Meanwhile, the former President Mohamed Nasheed had called for Indian military intervention after the government declared a state of emergency in the wake of Supreme Court’s landmark ruling of February 1. Referring to the  verdict which the government had refused to enforce, Menon had noted that the current situation differed to that of November 3, 1988.

“But, the current crisis is totally different. India cannot take any decision in haste,” Menon said.

India had expressed concern when the Maldivian government declared the emergency after declining to implement the Supreme Court ruling. The unanimous ruling issued by the full bench of the Supreme Court on February 1, had ordered to free ninw prominent political figures and to reinstate 12 unseated members of parliament. However, with the declaration of emergency, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed of the top court were arrested; subsequently the remaining three justices had later nullified the part of the verdict ordering to free political leaders, followed by a temporary stay order on reinstating the 12 unseated Members of Parliament.

India had called to implement the unanimous ruling ordered by the full bench of the Supreme Court on February 1.

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