The Government says that the vote taken at the United Nations (UN) on 15th September has no connections to the situation of Rohingya Muslims or Myanmar.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives issued a statement denying all rumors about Maldives not participating in an anti-genocide vote. The ministry declared that no such vote was taken on the 15th of September as per the rumors on social media and assured that Maldives will participate in all actions against Myanmar.
Referring to the events on 15th September in the UN, the statement mentioned that the vote in question was a vote taken in the General Committee of United Nations, which was given the task to assemble an Agenda for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The vote was regarding the inclusion of the topic “Responsibility to protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing, and Crimes Against Humanity “, under item 132 on the agenda of the UNGA. Therefore, the vote nor the topic has no mention of the situation of Rohingya.
It is also important to note that the UN has not declared the violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar as a Genocide or an Ethnic Cleansing and so, there is no connection between the Rohingya Muslims and the aforementioned topic as of now.
Huge controversies on the “Responsibility to Protect” or the R2P policy has previously risen, giving indications that the R2P measures are an instrument used by some powerful countries to spread influence on the domestic issues of smaller countries. The Foreign Ministry stated that Maldives has previously decided to refrain from participating in any votes contributing to such influence.
The Maldives, in strongest terms, condemned the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims and has decided to cease all trade ties with Myanmar until the situation in Rakhine state has been resolved. Maldivian Government has also urged the International community and the UN to pursue swift action in stopping the violence and bloodshed in Myanmar.