China on Thursday (Feb 8) rejected United Nationsâ€™ intervention to resolve the crisis in Maldives, but offered to mediate between the feuding parties in the archipelago.
Asked to comment on Chinaâ€™s position on a possible UN role to resolve the on-going tensions in Maldives, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: â€œChina has always closely followed the development of the situation in the Maldives. China thinks that the current situation and disputes in Maldives belongs to its internal affairs. It should be properly resolved through dialogue and consultation by the relevant parties. The international community should respect Maldivesâ€™ sovereignty and territorial integrity and play a constructive role for the dialogue between the relevant parties.â€
In response to a supplementary question, the spokesperson said that the international community should â€œprovide support and [offer] convenience for a dialogue between the relevant parties and play a constructive role in this aspect.â€
Nearly a week after the logjam in Maldives, which has brought the government led by Abdulla Yameen and the opposition headed by former President Mohamed Nasheed at loggerheads, China has offered to mediate to end the crisis.
â€œChina is willing to maintain close communication with the relevant parties in Maldives so as to promote [and] restore normal order in the Maldives as soon as possible,â€ Geng said.
The spokesperson did not clarify whether China was also in touch with the opposition as well, but pointed out that Beijing was â€œmaintaining close communication with the relevant parties in the Maldivesâ€. He also rejected the cited remarks of Nasheed that Beijing had enforced a â€œland grabâ€ in the island state. He also stressed that China has never attached â€œpolitical stringsâ€ to cooperation with Maldives.
Gengâ€™s remarks precede the arrival later on Thursday of Maldivian Minister for Economic Development Mohamed Saeed, as the Presidentâ€™s special envoy.