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December 04, 2003CHOGM brings together forty heads of Government, 10 Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers or senior Ministers and 1000 members of the press. But what for?
Secretary General, Don McKinnon has been battling to get his agenda across (although the press mostly wants to bait him over Robert Mugabe). McKinnon believes the Commonwealth could help break the logjam over the failed WTO talks held in Cancun in September.
McKinnon reckons the talks can be hauled back on track if consensus between developing and developing nations can be brokered within a Commonwealth framework.
Pakistan is likely to dominate the first key meeting this evening of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) (more here and here). The Secretary General made some pointed remarks on the issue, suggesting democratic reforms will get Pakistan back into the Commonwealth club, not its contribution to the war against terror.