Solomon Islands Chosen For Commonwealth Ministers’ Group

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India, New Zealand, Pakistan also included for next 2 years

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 28, 2013) – Solomon Islands has been selected to join the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).

At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Heads of Government agreed on the following countries, Cyprus, Guyana, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka (ex-officio as Chair in Office) and Tanzania to be the new members of CMAG for the next two years.

CMAG deals with serious or persistent violations of the Harere Declarations, which contains Commonwealth’s fundamental political values such as democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

It was established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1995.

In 2011 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, CMAG was given an enhanced mandate.

The mandate include that CMAG to work with the Secretary General and its Good Offices to monitor progress of a member country’s response to the violations to the Harere Declarations and the Commonwealth Charter and recommend to the Heads of Government the decision either to suspend, expel or reinstate a member country.

Solomon Islands is honored to be represented on the CMAG and looks forward to contribute to the good work and deliberations of the CMAG for the next two years (2014-2015).

Solomon Islands replace Vanuatu since its membership expires after two years.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Clay Forau Soalaoi will join eight other Foreign Ministers from the Commonwealth who are members of the CMAG to have their regular meetings.

The CMAG usually hold two regular meetings each year, one in London in the first half of the year and the other in New York, in the wings of the UN General Assembly session, in September/October.

It will also continue to meet on the eve of CHOGM, to finalise its report to Heads of Government.

However, should there be a need for extraordinary meetings of CMAG; this will continue to take place as necessitated by events.

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