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Postby Philip » 24 Jul 2015 13:13

There doesn't seem to be a td. for the Maldives like the others we have for SL,Myannar,etc.If so,apologies.

Want to buy a slice of the Maldives? Now you can - if you have $1bn
Decision by the Maldives government to open up islands to foreign buyers has sparked fears that China is poised to seize a foothold in the Indian Ocean

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... e-1bn.html
By Harriet Alexander
23 Jul 2015

Maldives' government has passed a law which will, for the first time, allow foreigners to purchase land.
But the new law has a sting in its tail.

The constitutional amendment bill, passed by the Maldivian parliament on Wednesday, states that investors must spend at least $1 billion (£640m) to own land on one of the 1,200 islands in perpetuity. Furthermore, 70 per cent of the land must be reclaimed from the Indian Ocean.

And the conditions imposed have sparked fears that the bill is designed to clear the way for the Chinese to set up bases in the Maldives, which straddles vital international east-west shipping routes. China has expertise in reclamation technology and can easily make investments of that size.


India, which considers itself the regional superpower, is already wary of increased Chinese involvement in the area – which it considers to be within its sphere of influence.

A development on one of the nation's many islands (Rex Features)

Eva Abdulla, an MP of with the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, said she feared the nation could become a front line for a potential power struggle between India and China.

"We can't ignore the fact there is a cold war brewing between India and China," she said.

"What is in our interest is peace and stability in the Indian Ocean. India is our neighbour and we are not a country in the South China Sea," she said referring to China's dispute with several countries over claims to the area.

Ahead of the vote, President Abdulla Yameen's half brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom – the country's former leader – had urged further public debate on the controversial move.

"I have appealed to (the) president to seek public opinion on proposed constitutional amendment re land ownership before ratification," he tweeted.

Anand Kumar, a strategic affairs analyst at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, agreed that the law could help China gain a foothold in the Indian Ocean.

"They have been creating islands in South China Sea, and they will try to replicate the same exercise in Indian Ocean," he said. "They tried to do the same thing with Sri Lanka. It appears that since they have lost political influence in Sri Lanka, they are trying to regain the same ground in Maldives."

The government has said the move would not threaten the Maldives' sovereignty and was needed to attract large-scale foreign investment for projects.
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Postby vijaykarthik » 24 Jul 2015 15:01

^seems like a cheap (costly in way of giving up, that is) way to attracting large-scale FDI. If one wanted, one would lease it. Owning an island in perpetuity will give that person / country almost exclusive access to itself to the detriment of the host country. Seems a bit backwards, IMO.
Very queer. This is being debated as a law in the parliament? That's sure a new one!

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Postby schinnas » 24 Jul 2015 15:10

This is actively being discussed in the IOR thread.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6348&p=1874313#p1874028

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Postby JE Menon » 24 Jul 2015 15:11

It will be a gross error of judgement by the current Maldivian government

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Postby Bade » 24 Jul 2015 15:20

Time to send a boat from India perhaps...perfect time for a preemptive move to prevent a Diego Garcia-II ala China.

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Postby Prem » 25 Jul 2015 08:49

Maldives will become first country to test new India doctrine of Offensive defence. Hope Mr President there understand the implications of his actions.

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Postby ashish raval » 25 Jul 2015 11:31

There will be no Maldives by 2100 due to sea rise so they are cashing in whatever is left before it perishes.. :(( :rotfl:
http://ecowatch.com/2015/05/22/maldives-underwater-climate-change/

They are in a way leasing out land for 85 years before it vanishes permanently with no possibility of renewing the lease.

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Postby habal » 25 Jul 2015 13:56

most maldives is either in Kerala or Sri Lanka. What is the use for those islands ?

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Postby UlanBatori » 26 Jul 2015 01:56

Can they build up to some 3 meters above current level? Not impossible given enough determination and cash. In fact you could set up remote-piloted dredgers (maybe nuclear powered engines + solar power for routine other use) that will just keep up the work for years at minimal personnel cost. I don't think Maldives/Laccadives get too many 40-foot tidal-wave/ 200kph class cyclones, do they? Maldives are a the crater rim of an extinct(?) undersea volcano, so it may be possible to get lots of small islands made to withstand ocean level rise and storms. Even if the others are below-surface, nice protected harbors will be formed. Good technology investment by China. Excellent technology to market in the south Pacific (Nauru, lots of phosphate deposits), Seychelles, many other parts. Maybe Carribbean too, like Dr. No of James Bond fame.

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Postby Vayutuvan » 26 Jul 2015 02:02

UB: You are thinking of guano - bird $sh17e.

Before you misunderstand, let me expand on that.

When bird flu virus was wide-spread in China and they were forced to cull a large number of birds, to escape destroying their peking-duck industry, they came up with a proposal. It was reported that the Chinese are willing to catch and inoculate all the birds in the country - all birds not just ducks/poultry. The number of birds was about a billion or so. Mr. hu flung dung threw this guano all over the international news papers with a straight face. Luckily they dodged the bullet this time. They had a couple of man made environmental disasters, especially during Mao and the dushTa catushTaya rule at about the same time as the cultural revolution.
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Postby Philip » 26 Jul 2015 15:46

India must dust off Op Cactus and RG's moment of decisiveness in the late '80s. The next time it must be more comprehensive,a tri-servcie op.

Under NO circumstances should we allow a Chinese "takeaway" of the Maldives under the guise of "casino development".We all know what happened to the "floating casino" once a rusting hulk called the Varyag,now the Liaoning,a completely rebuilt 65K t CV.


The Chinese are now trying to establish a"ship repair" facility at Hambantota in Sri Lanka.No guesses as to what type of ships will be repaired there! Certainly not tankers and container vessels,but those like DDGs,FFGs,etc.

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Postby arshyam » 26 Jul 2015 21:12

Whose DDGs? Do you really think the PLAN will repair their DDGs and FFGs in full view of our Navy? And we are supposed to dhoti shiver for that? Then they are smoking some serious stuff. If they build up Hambantota as a replenishment node, yes, that will be a concern, but the past year has shown that we have some options in SL and this gov is finally unafraid of using it. Let's see what the elections this year throw up - true test of Doval's manoeuvering skills.

As for Maldives, completely agree with what you said. They need to be put in their place. Or they are welcome to take their country to China or Pakistan, leaving the damn islands to us.

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Postby Philip » 27 Jul 2015 12:58

The thin end of the wedge.Once PRC ships start getting "repaired" in SL,you will find sudden "emergencies" where PLAN warships have to put into port for urgent repairs and regular visits establishes "easement rights"! The problem with Male is that it is an Islamic nation. A sensitive issue.The political scenario is complex,with even some in the ruling elite not wanting a sell-off of Maldivian islands to foreign (read Chinese) entities.

We seem to always miss opportunities.When we rescued gayoom in the '80s after squashing the attempted coup,we should've entered into a security agreement/arrangement with the country as we have with Mauritius,the Seychelles,etc. Our myopic MEA has lost many an opportunity thanks to its babu mentality,forgetting the strategic implications of establishing security ties with the immediate neighbourhood.Years ago,even the die-hard Lankans wanted India to squat in Trinco to curtail LTTE activities.

A simple solution.We will not interfere in a neighbour's politics and prevent any external force from threatening it,assisting in its defence in return for an agreement from it not to allow any foreign mil. activity on its soil .

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Postby Tuvaluan » 10 Aug 2015 16:33

Indian express reports that "Maldives promises they will not make their island a military base" -- these are the same lying islamist scum running Maldives today, that threw out GMR and violated a signed contract and handed over the project to the chinese without compensating the Indian company. I am sure Maldivian islamist promises are about as believable as their adherence to signed contracts.

Similarly, we will have to wait for the Chinese to establish their base in the Maldives before we hear about it next, and the govt. gets to make various lame excuses for why that was all inevitable. EyeEffEss baboos are clearly on top of the game, as usual, sleep at the wheel until it all blows up to be a crisis down the line.

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Postby vasu raya » 26 Aug 2015 04:27

India finishes phase one of Maldives radar system

With an eye on maritime threats, India has finally finished the first phase of a security umbrella being built in Maldives with the installation of the third coastal radar system in the island country. The development assumes significance in the wake of increased Chinese naval activity in the Indian Ocean region.

Indian officials in Male confirmed to The Indian Express that with the third radar in place, the first phase of setting up a robust coastal radar system in Maldives was now complete.

A top official said, “It would be very beneficial for Maldives National Defence Forces to track ships and fishing boats and would provide added security in the Maldives Exclusive Zone.”

The first radar was fitted at the southernmost Addu city’s Gan island in 2007, but New Delhi took a serious note of maritime security threats after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and re-evaluated its strategic needs.

After the assessment, a second radar was installed in the northern island of Uligamu in 2012. Following this, governments changed in Male and New Delhi. While Abdulla Yameen’s government took over in 2013, Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014.

Officials said that although there was a “re-calibration” of ties between the two countries, New Delhi and Male agreed to go-ahead on the strategic plane.

They said that despite a perceptible shift in Yameen government —as it is seen to be shifting towards China — Male had assuaged New Delhi on strategic concerns. This, claimed officials, formed the backdrop of the installation of the third radar system in the central island of Kadhdhoo. “Last week, the third radar system was handed over to the Maldivian armed forces,” an official said.

Engineers from India’s Bharat Electronics Limited undertook the installation and operationalisation of the radar and the Automatic Identification System system. The system provides all-weather 24-hour coverage of the sea area adjoining Laamu.

While the first phase was over, India now planned to establish additional “seven radars and AIS stations” as part of the second phase of the project. On completion of the project, Maldives would have all round coverage of the sea areas around the country, officials said.

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Postby SSridhar » 26 Aug 2015 10:39

India caught unawares by Male developments - Smriti Kak Ramachandran, The Hindu
New Delhi was again caught unawares by developments in Male, following the dramatic re-arrest of former President Mohammed Nasheed late on Sunday.

Mr. Nasheed, who has been handed down a 13-year prison sentence for alleged terror links, was transferred back to the prison from his house. While the Maldivian Democratic Party says the re-arrest is unconstitutional, the government says it had never commuted his sentence to house arrest. New Delhi is yet to articulate its response, but sources in Male said India was not kept in the loop on the re-arrest, despite a recent thaw in political ties.

The action came close on the heels of visits by Maldivian Foreign Secretary Ali Naseer Mohamed to New Delhi and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to Male as part of his SAARC Yatra. These visits were perceived as indication of the two governments moving towards more amicable ties, especially since President Abdulla Yameen assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would not allow the island nation to be militarised. India has been apprehensive about China’s growing influence in the region and has conveyed its concerns to Male.

In February, the Ministry of External Affairs said India was concerned at recent developments in the Maldives, including the arrest of Mr. Nasheed, which was followed by cancelling of Mr. Modi’s proposed visit to Male.

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Postby Singha » 26 Aug 2015 11:22

we need to put severe pressure on maldives govt to let Nasheed proceed into exile in india, just as mass murderers and criminals of far more severe deeds are given shelter in saudi arabia (sharif, idi amin) and UK (various). this will show both our power to safeguard those friendly to us, and be useful later for regime change if needed as a 'govt in exile' power center narrative can be developed.

the stick needs to be applied where polite talk doesnt work. islamists understand that language only.

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 Aug 2015 07:49

Indo-Maldives joint military exercise in Kerala from Monday
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 717593.cms
The sixth joint military training exercise, 'EKUVRIN 2015', between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF) will begin at Pangode military station, Thiruvanathapuram, in Kerala from August 31 to September 13. A total of 45 marines from the MNDF and 45 soldiers of the Indian Army will take part in this exercise.

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Postby Bhurishrava » 06 Sep 2015 14:17

http://www.thehindu.com/news/internatio ... 619560.ece

Maldivian President reaches out to New Delhi

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Postby chetak » 07 Sep 2015 22:04

habal wrote:most maldives is either in Kerala or Sri Lanka. What is the use for those islands ?


These islands along with parts of bangladesh will get submerged first when the global warming causes the substantial rise in ocean levels.

The maldivian folks, many of whom have already illegally obtained Indian documents through conniving and corrupt officials in KL have already moved on to other cities and other states.

In certain parts of KL, there is an entire industry catering to the needs of these folks.

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Postby Philip » 07 Oct 2015 12:39

Tx,HN!


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/peopl ... 80986.html
Amal Clooney wins the day as UN rules former Maldives president was unlawfully jailed
Mohamed Nasheed has served six months of a 13-year sentence after a court found him guilty of terrorism
SIMON USBORNE |
Monday 5 October 2015


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India, Maldives to step up cooperation in defence, security - PTI
India and Maldives today decided to ramp up cooperation in various fields including defence, security, energy and health, as the two nations restarted the Joint Commission talks after a hiatus of 15 years.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is in Male on a two-day visit, assured Maldives that India will always be the net security provider to the Indian Ocean archipelago.

However, she stressed that it is also important to insulate both countries from trends towards radicalisation and terrorism.

Following the meeting, the two sides signed MoUs on cooperation between Foreign Service Institutes of both countries and for cooperation sports and youth affairs.

In her opening remarks of the meeting, which she co-chaired with her Maldivian counterpart Dunya Maumoon, she recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen.

Ms. Swaraj reiterated his words, saying that “India attaches the highest importance to further developing and expanding its relationship with Maldives on basis of mutual trust and sensitivity to each other’s interest.”

She noted that a framework agreement of cooperation signed in November 2011, has empowered the joint commission further and also mandated them to discuss defence and security issues of mutual concern.

“India has always been there for Maldives. I would like to assure you that India will always be the net security provider for Maldives. This is a very privileged relationship,” she said adding that this requires to be “handled carefully” on both sides.

“At this point of time, it is important also to insulate our countries from the trend towards radicalisation and terrorism sweeping across,” she said.

Her remarks are significant as reports have suggested increased Islamist terror activity in the country, even as over 100 people are said to have joined the war in Iraq and Syria.


Top officials from the Ministries of External Affairs, Health, Commerce, Defence and Petroleum and Natural Gas also attended the meeting.

“India and Maldives discussed cooperation in defence and security, trade, economic development partnership, connectivity, health, energy, HRD, culture and tourism,” MEA spokesperson, Vikas Swarup said.

On her part, Ms. Maumoon also assured Maldivian support to India as a permanent member of a reformed and expanded UN Security Council.

Ms. Swaraj’s visit is viewed as an important one, since Maldivians feel that it would pave the pave for Modi’s trip to the country soon.

The Maldivian government was left disappointed, after Modi skipped the country in March during his tour of Indian Ocean region.

Commenting on the controversial jailing of former president Mohammad Nasheed who is now Maldives’ main opposition leader, Mr. Swarup had said that India hoped that a solution would be found.

“We expect this situation to be handled in accordance with laws and rules of Maldives and hope that the outcome would be seen by everybody as being fair and just. I think that is the most important thing,” he said.

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India-Maldives to sign pact for cooperation on terror
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 479885.cms
In the context of transnational crime and its linkages to terrorism, the proposed treaty will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation with Maldives in investigation and prosecution of crime as well as in tracing, restraint and confiscation of proceeds, and instruments of crime as well as funds meant to finance terrorist acts.

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Postby SSridhar » 23 Oct 2015 08:10

India-Maldives ties at a peak: envoy - Suhasini Haidar, The Hindu
The India-Maldives relationship has passed through “tough times”, says Maldivian High Commissioner to India, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed, and that after several months of tensions, relations have been restored to “a comfortable plane” with the visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the joint commission meeting on October 10.

In an interview with The Hindu , the High Commissioner referred to events earlier this year, including the sudden cancellation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Male as a part of his Indian Ocean islands tour in March, as “the past.”

“We never gave up on India.{huh !} Those were tough times, but the relationship now is comfortable, I would say it is at a peak with the joint commission just held, and a visit from PM Modi expected at the earliest.”

The governments are also ready to sign a Mutual Legal Assistance treaty (MLAT), which was cleared by the Indian Cabinet this week, and New Delhi is one of five countries helping with the investigation into a bomb blast aboard President Yameen’s boat that left his wife with lasting injuries. The MEA has politely ignored the turmoil in the Maldives Cabinet, making no mention about the sacking of the Defence Minister, and raiding of Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb’s house during Ms. Swaraj’s visit.

India’s actions in the past few weeks have come in contrast to the strain of previous months, marked not just by the MEA’s stern statements on the Maldives’ handling of the Nasheed trial, but also on the Yameen government’s growing closeness to China. Instead, India made no comment on a ruling by the U.N. tribunal, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, that the Nasheed trial was “unlawful”. India has also refused to respond to an appeal from the ousted former leader, who has been convicted on terrorism charges and is serving a jail term of 13 years.

In a series of tweets dictated to his lawyer this week, Mr. Nasheed had called for Mr. Modi to visit Maldives in order to “disentangle the mess we are in”. In what seemed like a veiled criticism of the Modi government’s recent softening towards the Yameen government, Mr. Nasheed also said that he hoped India would not allow “political pragmatism” to let it “drop this catch”.

During her visit to the Maldives, Ms. Swaraj did meet a leader from Mr. Nasheed’s party the MDP, but while reports say she took up the cause of Mr. Nasheed with President Yameen, neither side made any announcement to that effect.

Asked if India was now making a U-turn on its support to Mr. Nasheed, a senior official denied it, saying only that India’s objective was “to create a more harmonious Maldives,” adding, “In Maldives, our comfort lies in the fact that all the parties should get on.”

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Postby Paul » 23 Oct 2015 08:36

Wonder what happened behind the scenes to warrant this change in Maldives leadership?

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Postby kittoo » 23 Oct 2015 10:11

I am a little conflicted about this. On one hand we must have good relations with the ruling party, it is also not wise to leave old friends like this, gives a wrong signal to prospective partners. How do we, or any other country, deal with this dilemma?

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Postby JE Menon » 24 Oct 2015 15:00

Maldives Vice President arrested for trying to organise a coup to kill/oust the president - NDTV Ticker

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Postby Philip » 24 Oct 2015 16:55

Something smells fishy in the Maldives and its not the tuna!
If this was an assassination attempt,it was singularly amateurish,such a weak explosive device meant to kill only the man sitting on the seat where the alleged device was placed.
This is only going to increase the paranoia of the pres. and usher in greater repression in the island.
No idea where our diplomacy is heading here ,as the compass point seems to be whirling around as if there was a polar shift.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/o ... -president
Maldives vice-president charged over alleged plot to kill president

Ahmed Adeeb is charged with high treason in connection with last month’s blast on boat carrying President Abdulla Yameen

Maldivian police confirmed that Ahmed Adeeb’s detention was linked to the investigation into the 28 September blast on board the president’s speedboat. Photograph: Maldives president's office/EPA

Zaheena Rasheed and agencies
Saturday 24 October 2015

A political crisis in the Maldives escalated on Saturday with the arrest of the vice-president on suspicion of links to an alleged plot to assassinate the country’s president, Abdulla Yameen.

Home affairs minister Umar Naseer said Ahmed Adeeb was arrested on a charge of high treason in connection with the blast on the presidential boat last month.

Adeeb, who had only assumed the vice presidency in July, is being held at a detention centre at an island near the capital Malé, the home minister added.

“VP Adheeb under arrest and held in Dhoonidhoo Detention,” Naseer said on Twitter, using a different spelling of the vice-president’s name. “Charges: high treason.”

Police also arrested three of Adeeb’s supporters on Saturday. Security has been tightened in the capital with police and soldiers in riot gear deployed on the streets.

Police spokesman Ismail Ali said Adeeb was arrested when he returned from an official visit to China.

Maldivian police confirmed that his detention was linked to the investigation into the 28 September blast on board Yameen’s speedboat.

“Vice-president Ahmed Adeeb has been arrested under a court warrant for the investigation into the explosion aboard the presidential speedboat,” Maldivian police said on Twitter and an official website.

The government said a bomb targeting Yameen was placed under his usual seat on the boat. The president escaped injury because he was not sitting there. The first lady and two aides were hurt.

Adeeb has denied that he was linked to the explosion.

Yameen appointed Adeeb as his deputy three months ago after impeaching his original running mate, Mohamed Jameel, on charges of treason.

Hours before Adeeb’s arrest on Saturday the president sacked his police chief, Hussain Waheed, the latest in a series of firings seen by some as a purge of individuals whose loyalties may be in doubt.


Defence minister Moosa Ali Jaleel was sacked 10 days ago, while on Thursday Yameen also fired his main government spokesman, Mohamed Shareef, a minister in his government.

Shareef, who flew to nearby Sri Lanka soon after the 28 September blast, said the explosion may have been a mechanical issue, but the authorities later declared it to be an assassination attempt and launched a criminal investigation.

Maldivian authorities have also arrested two security personnel who had access to Yameen’s boat but have yet to disclose what caused the explosion.

The Maldives’ image as a peaceful holiday destination has been tarnished by political turmoil since the toppling of the country’s first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Nasheed, in February 2012.

Yameen, who came to power following a highly controversial election, jailed Nasheed for 13 years in March and faces international censure over his crackdown on dissent.

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Postby Philip » 05 Nov 2015 11:58

Goodbye Maldivian democracy! We have a new Muslim dictator in the region.The Pakis will be pleased.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/n ... -emergency
Maldives declares state of emergency
President’s decree suspends all basic rights and gives sweeping powers to security forces ahead of opposition protest rally

Maldivian security officers stand guard near the president’s official residence in Malé. Photograph: Mohamed Sharuhaan/AP

Jason Burke in Delhi and Zaheena Rasheed in Malé

Wednesday 4 November 2015

The president of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency, citing a threat to citizens’ safety and national security.

Abdulla Yameen’s decree, which came into effect at midday local time (0700 GMT), suspends all basic rights and gives the security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects before a major anti-government rally planned later this week.

The main opposition Maldivian Democratic party (MDP), whose leader Mohamed Nasheed is in jail following his conviction earlier this year under anti-terror laws, has organised the protest.
Photograph taken on 25 October 2015 of the president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, who has declared a state of emergency.

The president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Maldives has suffered acute political instability for several years, but a new cycle of chaos and unrest appears to be intensifying.

“President Yameen has declared state of emergency to ensure the safety and security of every citizen,” his spokesman Muaz Ali tweeted.

In a statement to the nation, Yameen, who took power in a contested election in 2013, said there were groups planning to use weapons and explosives.
Former Maldives president detained under anti-terror law
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“My beloved citizens, I assure you, that in enforcing this decree, the rights and freedoms stated in the constitution will only be restricted within the limits of … the constitution, and only to the extent strictly required by the situation,” Yameen said.

Seven articles of the constitution have been suspended, including those guaranteeing citizens of the Indian Ocean island nation the rights of assembly, free expression, freedom from arbitrary detention and freedom of movement.

The state of emergency was limited to 30 days and a curfew would not be imposed, the government said.

Dunya Maumoon, the foreign minister, described the measures as “precautionary action by the government in light of several security threats that have emerged in the last week”.

“As a government we have a responsibility to our citizens to ensure they can go about their daily lives in peace and security. We are determined to root out a small minority who seem intent on causing damage to people and property,” she said.

On Wednesday the streets of Malé, the capital, were quiet, but soldiers had cordoned off water and power plants. Residents said raids were continuing.

The British high commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, James Dauris, said he was “most concerned by restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms in the Maldives from today”.
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Thoriq Hamid, from the NGO Transparency Maldives, said his organisation was “extremely ... concerned that the situation has escalated to this point”.

The move comes at a time of heightened tensions following an explosion on Yameen’s speedboat on 28 September that wounded his wife and two others.

Yameen was unharmed in the blast, and the FBI has said there is no evidence it was caused by a bomb.

But the authorities say it was an attempt on his life. Yameen arrested the vice-president, Ahmed Adeeb, on 24 October after accusing him of “high treason” and linking him to the boat blast.

This week the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said it had found a remote-controlled bomb near the president’s official residence and safely defused it.

Officials on Wednesday said several discoveries of arms and explosives had been made, though the whereabouts of other weapons and ammunition missing from state armouries remained unknown.

Further searches were under way on Wednesday evening, with local media reporting that at least one suspected explosive device had been found.

“The purpose of today’s announcement is to send a clear message. Those who seek to cause harm and unrest through violence – whether their aims are political, religious or otherwise – have no place in our country. We are a young, vibrant democracy and will do all we can to uphold those values,” said Maumoon.

The MDP rally was aimed at pressuring Yameen to release Nasheed, the first democratically elected leader of the country and an internationally recognised climate change campaigner.

Nasheed left power in 2012 amid protests, forced out by what his supporters claim was a coup.

Eva Abdulla, an MDP member of parliament, said the rally would proceed as planned. “We saw this coming. Everything has been leading up to this. This is the last straw – the only straw – left for Yameen. He has totally lost grip on governance. He doesn’t have the public with him and any control is based on fear and intimidation,” she said.

The continuing political instability in the Maldives is likely to damage its vital tourist trade, a key employer and earner of foreign exchange. Every year more than a million tourists visit the Maldives, an almost exclusively Sunni Muslim nation composed of 1,192 small coral islands, with a population of 340,000.
Tourists sunbathing and swimming in the Maldives. Photograph: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG /Getty Images

White sandy beaches, turquoise waters, shallow lagoons and secluded islets draw holidaymakers from all over the developed world as well as celebrities seeking privacy.

Officials said there was no threat to resort security and the Maldives remained a safe destination for international visitors.

The Maldives’ economy has faltered in recent years and the country suffers from overcrowding, high unemployment rates and substance abuse. The declaration of a state of emergency comes amid a bitter power struggle between the president and Adeeb, with factions within the police and army supporting different political players.

The dispute has weakened the government at a time of growing popular anger over the continuing detention of Nasheed and economic problems.

Mohamed Nasheed has appealed to tourists travelling to the Maldives to reconsider their views on the holiday destination. Photograph: Sinan Hussain/AP

In an interview with the Guardian in February, Nasheed called on the international community to consider introducing sanctions against the current government. He also appealed to tourists travelling to the Maldives to reconsider their views on the popular holiday destination. “It is good and necessary to have a relaxing holiday but important [they] understand what is happening here too,” he said.
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The incarceration of Nasheed, who was convicted on charges of using the military to arrest a senior judge when in office, has been severely criticised by the UN and international rights groups.

There are growing fears of Islamic extremism in the Maldives, fuelled in part by the political instability since the departure from power of autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 2008.

The Australian government last week told its citizens to exercise a “high degree of caution” while travelling to Malé, “due to the possibility of civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attacks”.

The justification for the state of emergency on the basis of a security threat could be dangerous, Abdulla, the MDP parliamentarian, said. “My worry is we are a hotbed for jihadi recruitment at the moment so to use this to get at political opponents is irresponsible in the extreme. They could be turning a blind eye to the real problem and endangering us all as a result.”

According to Raaje TV, a local broadcaster, the government has warned media outlets their licences will be suspended “if broadcasts threaten national security”.



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Re: India - Maldives News and Discussion

Postby member_29325 » 22 Jan 2016 01:07

Maldives minister elected as director of AIIB

Minister Saeed told Haveeru on Wednesday that the position will reap multiple benefits for the Maldives in addition to easing finances for various development projects.


That may explain why the Maldives thugs who orchestrated the coup screwed GMR out of their money owed for constructing the airport. The Chinese surely have plans to build ports and other infrastructure that will allow the PLAN to navigate in the Indian ocean given recent overtures towards the currrent anti-India islamist regime in the maldives.

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Re: India - Maldives News and Discussion

Postby Hitesh » 22 Jan 2016 07:04

Why don't we just seize the islands and arrest those people and restore Nasheed? Noone would stand in India's way or would care to.

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Re: India - Maldives News and Discussion

Postby member_29325 » 22 Jan 2016 07:59

Seriously, these days it seems GoI can't even get a tiny country like Maldives to pay the money owed to GMR and went to "international arbitration" and stand around helpless, and in the past GoI was well capable of doing Operation Cactus in the 80s and ensuring Maldives remains India friendly, when India was less rich and less influential -- that seems to be the level of gumption/ (lack of)preparedness in New Delhi these days. Wishful thinking to expect a reprise of Operation Cactus under these circumstances.

A china-friendly islamist crowd is now in control, and these folks can just watch it unfold it seems, because the Maldivian govt. is surely not making amends to India for their behavior. If Indian private companies like GMR will not be backed by the Indian govt. when they help India by doing works abroad, but are left holding their noodle when push comes to shove, why would they have confidence in the Indian govt. to back up their ventures in any country, when it will not do so in two-bit nations like the Maldives , really.

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Re: India - Maldives News and Discussion

Postby member_29325 » 27 Jan 2016 08:51

Nasheed warns of cold war in Indian Ocean

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had adopted a soft stance towards China. He highlighted the loans taken from the world’s second largest economy saying that Maldives owes about 70 percent of its foreign debt to China.


China is funding several infrastructure projects across the Maldives. Delivery of the government’s vital electoral pledges, including the building of a bridge between capital Male and the airport island of Hulhule and the development of the country’s main international airport, also hinges on soft loans being considered by Beijing.

Chinese businesses, mostly state owned corporations, have recently forayed into the Maldives with investments in areas such as the Maldives’ upmarket luxury tourism industry.


India, meanwhile, has publicly sided with the Maldives government over the continued imprisonment of the country’s former president Mohamed Nasheed, an issue central to the Maldives’ relationship with its international partners.

Nasheed’s lawyers are pushing for targeted sanctions on top Maldivian officials.

India, however, opposes such action.


Looks like GoI basically sold out Nasheed for whatever reason.

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Re: India - Maldives News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 29 Oct 2016 22:01

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinio ... ives-left/
Why Maldives left the Commonwealth
It felt disrespected and discriminated against by the Commonwealth.


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