The cabinet has today decided to commemorate this year’s Republic Day, at a special function to be held at 6 in the morning of 11th November in Addu City, as deliberated at last week’s cabinet meeting. President Mohamed Nasheed will address the nation at the function, and attend a special flag-hoisting ceremony in Addu City.

At a separate ceremony to be held in Male’ on a later date, the President will award the recipients of National Awards of Honour and National Awards of Recognition. The date for the ceremony is to be announced later.

At today’s cabinet meeting, members also decided on the Maldives’ participation in the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). Members of the cabinet agreed that the participation of the Maldives in the organisation would be beneficial to the protection and preservation of cultural assets of the country.

The ICCROM is an intergovernmental orgnisation dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage.