The Government of Japan issued a statement on 3 September 2012 welcoming the release of the report of the Commission of National Inquiry (CONI), formed by President Dr. Mohamed Waheed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the change of government on 7 February 2012 in the Maldives. The statement issued by the Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan reads as follows:
September 3, 2012
2. The Government of Japan hopes that, following the release of the Report, all stakeholders in the Maldives will continue to work together towards stability and prosperity of Maldives and promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
According to the report of the CONI, made public on 31 August 2012, it is clear that the change of government in the Maldives on 7th February 2012 was legal and constitutional. The report also said that the events that occurred on 6th and 7th February 2012 were in large measure, reactions to the actions of former President Nasheed, and that the resignation of President Nasheed was voluntary and of his own free will, and was not caused by any illegal coercion or intimidation.
Japan has been one of the most valuable development partners of the Maldives. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1967, relations between the two countries have grown from strength to strength. Development assistance provided by Japan over the past 45 years had now virtually reached the entire Maldivian archipelago. There is no Maldivian who has not benefited, either directly or indirectly, from the generous assistance provided by the people of Japan.
The Maldives looks forward to working closely with Japan as it strives forward with it development process.