Maldives Minicoy Mahl Dhivehi
 
 
United States - Maldives Territorial Dispute
 

 

It appears that the Maldive regime has reconciled it's differences with the government of the United States. A communique released by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs of the US State Department in March 2002 stated as follows:

"The Maldives provides important access for U.S. vessels and allows aircraft transit rights in its airspace. It provided airport access during Operation Desert Storm, and offered to do so again in Operation Enduring Freedom. It is in the U.S. national security interest to maintain stability in this small island nation by strengthening its democratic institutions."

In the typical ad hoc style of the Maldive regime, all references to foreign military aircraft was removed from the 1996 law enacted in place of the 1976 law on jusrisdiction over territorial waters and airspace.



NSS Naval Vessel
specifications
from the archives of Bandeyri Koshi


Anti-Semitism and Europhobia

 

As far as can be ascertained, the only country with which the Republic of the Maldives has a territorial dispute is the United States of America.

Uncle Sam

Article 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives is the most recent piece of Maldive legislation against which the United States objects. The article states that:

"The territory of the Maldives shall comprise the land, air space, sea and seabed within the archipelagic baselines of the Maldives drawn in accordance with the law, and shall include the territorial waters, the seabed and airspace thereof beyond the said baselines".

The archipelagic baselines system of the Maldives is defined by the following geographical co-ordinates:

POINT

LATITUDE

LONGITUDE

B1

07 03' 54" N

72 47' 45" E

B2

07 04' 35" N

72 48' 07" E

B3

07 04' 47" N

72 48' 21" E

B4

07 05' 44" N

72 50' 34" E

B5

07 06' 35" N

72 53' 50" E

B6

07 06' 35" N

72 54' 13" E

B7

06 58' 07" N

73 12' 46" E

B8

06 57' 37" N

73 13' 14" E

B9

06 55' 31" N

73 13' 53' E

B10

05 23' 20" N

73 38' 20" E

B11

05` 22' 05" N

73 35' 10" E

B12

04 27' 28" N

73 43' 18" E

B13

03 27' 27" N

73 46' 13" E

B14

02 08' 04" N

73 35' 18" E

B15

00 25' 51" N

73 35' 10" E

B16

00 18' 25" S

73 26' 37" E

B17

00 39' 45" S

73 13' 07" E

B18

00 41' 30" S

73 11' 12" E

B19

00 42' 22" S

73 10' 02" E

B20

00 42' 24" S

73 09' 08" E

B21

00 42' 11" S

73 08' 40" E

B22

00 41' 13" S

73 07' 30" E

B23

00 40' 23" S

73 06' 52" E

B24

00 39' 18" S

73 06' 23" E

B25

00 35' 33" S

73 04' 33" E

B26

00 23' 55" N

73 00' 08" E

B27

00 29' 21" N

72 59' 09" E

B28

00 32' 22" N

72 59' 38" E

B29

02 25' 09" N

72 53' 05" E

B30

02 47' 50" N

72 49' 14" E

B31

03 37' 38" N

72 41' 49" E

B32

03 47' 09" N

72 41' 49" E

B33

03 52' 15" N

72 42' 03" E

B34

04 01' 50" N

72 42' 11" E

B35

04 05' 13" N

72 42' 36" E

B36

04 13' 46" N

72 44' 14" E

B37

06 14' 12" N

72 33' 19" E

Previous objections have been based on the Maldives statute number 32/76 of December 1976 and number 6/96 of June 1996.

The 1976 law stated that:

"Foreign warships and military aircraft must obtain permission prior to transiting territorial sea."

The 1996 law states that:

"Foreign warships must have prior permission to enter the territorial sea of the Maldives." The law further claims archipelagic waters as internal waters.
Feedback

From: "mohmed" msuad@hotmail.com
To: majid@maldivesroyalfamily.com
Sent: Thursday, 7 November 2002 03:20 Subject: Battery

Hey your claim that Battery at Lonuziyaaraikolhu is more than a joke. That doesn't exceeds a few KM. So how on earth it could be targeted at US flights? Do you think Maldivians are insane and do this....?

Your Higness please keep your crown and shut up....


Maldives Royal Family Website inquiries with our contacts inside the NSS so far indicate that the individual who wrote the above mail may be an official of the Maldive Ministry of Defence and National Security. He may be the son of a senior officer of the NSS. No doubt, we have touched a raw nerve.

The United States first declared that it did not recognise these Maldive claims in 1982 and subsequently in 2000.

The United States conducted operational assertions of its objections, some of which included overflights, several times between 1981 and 1985 and then in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992-1994, 1998 and 2001.

Between 1981 and 1985 the Maldives National Security Service (NSS) installed an anti-aircraft battery on the south eastern point of Malé called Lonu-ziyaaraiykolhu and regularly fired at United States aircraft. The United States aircraft always flew above the range of the Maldives National Security Service artillery.

 

Links with the Axis of Evil

The original anti-aircraft battery at Lonu-Ziyaaraiykolhu was "a hand-me-down" from Saddam Hussain. It was part of Saddam's arsenal in Basra intended to terrorise Iraq's marsh Arabs. The gun was never in a very good state of repair. An NSS officer was badly injured when the gun backfired. He had to undergo extensive surgery when shrapnel lodged in his face and other parts of the body.

The NSS arsenal consists of more than 400 AK-47 rifles donated by Saddam Hussain, still displaying the serial numbers of the Iraqi armed forces. There is also a considerable quantity of weapons given by Muammar el-Gaddafi of Libya. Since Operation Desert Storm, such weaponry is not allowed to be seen in public.

An example of Maldive public opinion following September 11, 2001

Mickey Mouse

British volunteers in Malé and American volunteers in Maalhosmadulu atoll dubbed the site of the anti-aircraft battery "Gun Point" in 1982 because of the NSS artillery fire.

NSS target practice at Gun Point
NSS target practice at "Gun Point"
possibly not at the United States Air Force on this occasion

From the archives of Bandeyri Koshi

U.S. weapons systems licensed for export to the NSS during
1997-98

System
Quantity
US$
Night vision scopes, spares and components   
15,181
Radio set (components and spare parts)   
63,982
Rifle M-16 (all models) for use in the SPG- the Special Protection Group previously called the "Delta Force"
50
43,000