David Amess MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group to the Maldives, has issued the following statement on behalf of the group.
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the coup d’état inthe Maldives resulting in the removal of President Nasheed. When he took office in November 2008, it was as the first democratically elected President of the Maldives ever. He faced enormous challenges in underpinning democratic rule in the Maldives. There can be little doubt that, during his time in office, he worked tirelessly to improve the living conditions and general welfare of the Maldivian people.
It is tragic that, 20 months before the next Presidential elections were due; he has been forced from office under duress. During his time as President he had done all he possibly could to promote the Maldives throughout the international community and without any doubt ”stole the show” at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
There is now concern for his safety and that of his family. I very much hope that the British Government will do all in its power to ensure that he is not harmed in any way.
Statement by Hon. David Amess, Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group