CMAG has placed Maldives “under formal consideration,” says Cameron

The Commonwealth’s human rights and democracy arm, the Ministerial Action Group, has placed the Maldives “under formal consideration,” according to UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

His statement appears to contradict an announcement by the Maldivian foreign ministry on November 25 that the CMAG had decided not to place the Maldives on its formal agenda, a move the government claims blocks investment here.

Explaining the contradiction, a diplomat who wished to remain anonymous said the CMAG’s report on the Maldives was “worded carefully so it could be read either way, but Commonwealth scrutiny has increased.”


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