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CFSP Statement
Declaration of the Presidency of the European Union on the elections in the Maldives on the 22 January 2005

Date of release : 05-02-2005

Policy area : General Affairs and External Relations


The Presidency of the EU welcomes the holding of the parliamentary elections on the 22 January 2005, which went off in a generally peaceful and constructive atmosphere according to the reports of independent observers. 

These elections are a clear sign that the population of the Maldives is in favour of democratic reforms. They showed indeed the existence of a large public support in the Maldives for the reformers and confirmed that the democratic party of the Maldives is to be considered as a genuine political movement.

The Presidency makes an appeal to the government to implement rapidly the reform measures announced by President Gayoom in June 2004, notably the authorisation of multipartism, on the basis of a clear time-table. The registration of political parties is an essential measure.

An open, inclusive and thorough reform is the best way to ensure continued stability in the Maldives.

The Presidency welcomes in this context the reconciliatory steps of President Gayoom in the aftermath of the tsunami.

The EU will continue to follow the evolution of the situation and the political interaction in the Maldives.



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