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 No.359, Geneva, 13 February 2012IPU Logo-bottom


The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is following recent developments in the Maldives with mounting concern and is sending an urgent mission to the country.

IPU President, Abdulwahad Radi, called for calm. “The crisis can only be solved through inclusive political dialogue.  It is essential that an atmosphere of non-violence, restraint and stability be established”, he declared.

“I am very worried about recent news alleging harassment and beatings of members of parliament and the continued detention of one of them”, he stated.  “I call on the authorities to exercise restraint and demonstrate respect for the parliamentary mandate.”

The IPU mission is part of the support that the organization has been providing for several years to the parliament and the democratization process in the country.  The mission hopes to meet all political actors concerned with the latest crisis in the country.

Established in 1889 and with its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the IPU, the oldest multilateral political organisation, currently brings together 159 affiliated parliaments and nine regional assemblies as associate members. The world organisation of parliaments has an Office in New York, which acts as its Permanent Observer at the United Nations.
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