UN Security Council to discuss Maldivian political crisis

The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold a secret meeting this Thursday to discuss the current political crisis in Maldives, reports AFP, in correspondence with foreign diplomats.

AFP says the UN’s Political Affairs Department will be reading its report on the political crisis at the secret meeting. The Maldivian political crisis was submitted as an issue to the Security Council by the Political Affairs Department, says AFP.

UN’s Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to the Maldivian government to end the 15-day State of Emergency in a statement last Tuesday.

The Secretary-General also advised the Maldivian government to respect the Supreme Court order on February 1 for the immediate release and retrial on nine political figures sentenced to prison, and the immediate reinstatement of 12 parliamentarians.

The Supreme Court order has since been amended and the order for release of nine politicians annulled.