UN Official Meeting With Top Maldives Leaders

Published February 10, 2012 5:54AM (EST)

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A top U.N. official is meeting with the current and former presidents of the Maldives, trying to end the political stalemate in the Indian Ocean nation.

Friday's meetings with U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco come as the former president, Mohamed Nasheed, claims he was ousted earlier this week in a coup. He is now facing an arrest warrant.

The current president, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, insists Nasheed stepped down voluntarily. His government has made no move to arrest Nasheed.

While the two politicians remain at odds, there has been no sign of violence since Wednesday. On Friday, there was no extra security to be seen in Male — not even within a few blocks of the presidential office.

By Salon Staff

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