C O N F I D E N T I A L COLOMBO 001870
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/31/2015
TAGS: MOPS PREL PTER KAWC PHUM PREF PINR MV
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR RESETTLEMENT ASSISTANCE OF CERTAIN
DETAINEES FROM GUANTANAMO: MALDIVES
REF: (A) COLOMBO 1802 (B) STATE 187160
Classified By: Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead for reason 1.4 (D).
(C) The Ambassador took Maldivian Foreign
Minister Ahmed Shaheed aside after an October 31
meeting in Colombo and asked him where things
stand on the U.S. request that Maldives resettle
some of the Guantanamo Uighur population (other
issues reported septel). Shaheed said it is
increasingly unlikely that Maldives will be able
to help, given that there is no legal statute in
Maldives that would permit "refugee" resettlement.
Moreover, Maldivian security services are
concerned about the possible "fundamentalist"
nature of the Uighurs given that they were in
Afghanistan and Pakistan. But, Shaheed stressed,
the matter is still under quiet consideration and
no decision has been taken. The Ambassador
reiterated the importance of the issue to