MCKINNON, NEW COMMONWEALTH CHIEF FROM NEW ZEALAND, TAKES OFFICE

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LONDON, England (April 4, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The new secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon, has taken office with a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony at the organization's headquarters in London.

Mr. McKinnon, a former New Zealand foreign minister, takes over from the outgoing Commonwealth chief, Emeka Anyaoku, of Nigeria, who has led the 54-member body for the past decade.

Mr. McKinnon was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his part in helping resolve the Bougainville secessionist uprising.

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