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.
I really hope we will be able to begin the work of the strengthened commission and come up with a credible report for the sake of the nation's future
Where was this CMAG when the dictator Nasheed closed our supreme court, and arrested our chief judge. At that time CMAG was not concerned with democracy in our country. When the people finally got rid of this crazy man, CMAG has become very active in finding a way to bring him back. Now it is time for CMAG to stay out of the internal affairs of this country. CMAG has no business to encourage followers of Nasheed to create trouble on the roads of Male'.
With anybody from Nasheed the commission could not be independent. If Nasheed is allowed to have his representation in the commission, the same should be extended to all other parties as well.
We the Democracy-loving Maldivians request the Commonwealth to request the government of Maldives to accept one of the 9 nominees of President Nasheed because the CNI Chair is a Defense Minister Gayyoom whom all the Democracy-loving Maldivians hate and do not trust at all
Downfall of Nasheed was his decisions arresting chief of the Criminal Court; withdraw the police when his armed party supporters were poised to attack anti-government protesters; and, ultimately, his order to the Maldives National Defense Force to arrest police personnel.
I think President Nasheed MUST be able to appoint a representative from him whether or not he is affiliated to a political party or not. From what we hear in the news, Government has placed very difficult restriction on his appointee. I think the Government is not in a good mood to cooperate with neither CEMAG nor Commonwealth and certainly not with President Nasheed.
Commonwealth should put more pressure to have election this year. please bring democracy early. no to dictators & mutineers.
if not for commonwealth, i dont see any possibility of re instating democracy in Maldives.. Thank you commonwealth..
When the current government can decide "the suitability" of who Mr. Mohamed Nasheed can nominate, I cannot see how this can be a commission that is independent and impartial as CMAG suggested. This is a total farce.
Rt Hon Sir Donald McKinnon thanks forvisits to the maldives