Published on Sanjay Suri presents a video analysis, July 23, 2008, 7.16 min (scroll down): Kamalesh Sharma took over as new Secretary-General of the Commonwealth on April 1, 2008. But as the last Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kampala showed, deep fault lines run through the organisation, going right down to fundamental questions about its very existence.


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With their video, IPS shows today this three links to former publications:

  • COMMONWEALTH-PAKISTAN: Suspended, But Not Banished: Analysis by Sanjay Suri, Nov 23, 2007: The headlines over suspension of Pakistan from the Commonwealth conceal some of the nuances of this action. The nuances were born of considerable differences that surfaced within the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) that finally took the decision. The group “also affirmed its strong commitment to remain engaged with Pakistan, as a valued member of the Commonwealth, (and) to work to assist the return to democracy in that country.” Pakistan, then, remains officially a member of the Commonwealth, and a valued one, despite the headlines … (full text);
  • COMMONWEALTH: Poverty and Climate Change in the Spotlight, by Joyce Mulama, Nov. 23, 2007: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has opened with calls for the gap between rich and poor countries in the 53-member grouping to be addressed. “The present partial transformation of the Commonwealth is not good enough for the individual countries, nor is it good for the Commonwealth in general or the wider world,” said President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, which is hosting the Nov. 23-25 event … (full text).
  • COMMONWEALTH: Waiting on Pakistan, Acting on Climate Change, by Joyce Mulama, Nov. 26, 2007: The latest Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) came to a close Sunday with leaders and government representatives reiterating the need for restoration of democratic rule in Pakistan, while calling on Islamabad to maintain lines of communication with the 53 member organisation. This followed last week’s decision by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to suspend Pakistan from the organisation, after the country largely failed to meet conditions laid down on Nov. 12 by CMAG. These included a lifting of the state of emergency declared earlier this month, restoring judicial independence and observing human rights … (full text).

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