COLOMBO (AFP) - The United Nations is sending a delegation to the Maldives for talks after the government asked for international help to end a crippling stand off with the judiciary, the UN said Saturday. The UN Department of Political Affairs, headed by Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, will arrive Thursday in the Maldives, a tiny archipelago in the Indian Ocean, a UN official said in a release. Anti-government activists have been protesting against President Mohamed Nasheed, who ordered the arrest last month of the head of the country's criminal court on charges of misconduct.