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Commonwealth Secretariat spokesperson's statement on Maldives

7 February 2012
A Secretariat team has arrived in Maldives to explore how the Commonwealth can respond to the country’s urgent priorities

The Commonwealth is gravely concerned about the political and constitutional developments in Maldives. At the request of the Chief Justice and Government of Maldives, a Commonwealth Secretariat team of five officials arrived in Maldives on 6 February, to explore how the Commonwealth can respond to the country’s urgent priorities, including strengthening the judiciary and the separation of powers. The Secretariat team includes political, legal and human rights officers.

The Commonwealth team is consulting with the full spectrum of stakeholders to assess the current situation and the Commonwealth’s possible contributions in the short, medium and long-term.

All Commonwealth member countries have committed themselves to the Affirmation of Commonwealth Values and Principles, including a commitment to constitutional democracy, peace, the rule of law, and human rights.

The Commonwealth stands ready to continue to support Maldives to uphold its constitution, strengthen its institutions and reinforce the culture of democracy.

We urge all to respect the rule of law and the constitution, and to refrain from acts of violence.

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