15 May 2012
Departure Statement by Sir Donald McKinnon, Commonwealth Special Envoy to Maldives
The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Maldives, Rt Hon Sir Donald McKinnon, visited Maldives from 10 to 15 May 2012. During his visit, Sir Donald engaged with key stakeholders to facilitate the strengthening of the Commission of National Inquiry so as to make it more impartial, credible and broadly acceptable.
The Special Envoy succeeded in reaching a commitment on 15 May 2012 with the Government of Maldives to better focus the scope of inquiry, strengthen the powers of the Commission and broaden its composition with the participation of an international Co-Chair plus a nominee of former President Nasheed.
Sir Donald said: “The Commonwealth wants to support an independent and impartial Inquiry Commission that helps the people of Maldives address the events of 7 February 2012 in a manner that moves the country forward in its democratic journey. Our efforts today have paved the way for such an effort. I look forward to former President Nasheed confirming a suitable candidate to join this Commission by the time it begins its work on 1 June 2012.”
Note to Editors:
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, appointed the Rt Hon Sir Donald McKinnon as his Special Envoy to Maldives on 1 March 2012. During his visit, Sir Donald met with President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik; former President Mohamed Nasheed; and their representatives. The Special Envoy also met senior representatives of political parties, resident Commonwealth High Commissioners and the United Nations Resident Coordinator.
good work. keep it up.
I believe it is a good change to the commission to make it more credible.
Must pressure Maldives Government to accept who ever Nasheed select for the commitee.
We are with commonwealth
help us Maldivians to restore the democracy stolen by dictators