An emergency resolution has been submitted to the parliament requesting the exposure of agreements made by the government of Maldives with India, including the as of late consented to arrangement for the Uthuru Thilafalhu porject, and financial loans acquired by the Maldives from India.
Naifaru MP Ahmed Shiyam presented the resolution expressing that he had gotten information from reliable sources that the agreement for the dockyard and harbor improvement project in Uthuru Thilafalhu where the Maldivian Coastguard is supposed to be based is for the ulterior motive of basing an Indian military command instead. He said that this was a danger to the independence of the Maldives and that the agreement with India was endorsed without the approval of the parliament.
He proceeded to say that the conditions and terms set out by India were a threat to national security of Maldives.
He asserted that the project to build up a dockyard and a harbor in the base was a ploy to subtly allow Indian military command be situated in the area. He said that the agreement included wording to delude the public. MP Shiyam further elaborated that out of the USD 6.45 billion taken as loans from current government, majority of it was given by India. He expressed his worry for the general public that the government was reliant on a single country during a vulnerable time for the economy.
Speaker Mohamed Nasheed said that it is dependent upon the parliamentarians to choose whether or not the matter can be examined further and 51 parliamentarians voted to debate on the issue.
Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) expressed yesterday that no Indian military faculty would be situated in the Uthuru Thilafalhu base. MNDF likewise assured that the agreement marked yesterday was for the advancement of a dockyard and a harbor. India will be aiding the improvement of the framework and the development of the project.
The project will be developed in two stages. The initial three years will be for the advancement of the harbor and dockyard.