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Report of the Commonwealth Secretary-General 1999

From Kuala Lumpur to Durban

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This biennial report to Commonwealth Heads of Government on the mandates and activities of the Commonwealth Secretariat from July 1997 to June 1999 is preceded by an introduction by the Commonwealth Secretary-General which is a personal comment on the progress of the Commonwealth over the last decade of the 20th century. The report is presented to Commonwealth leaders before their biennial summit.

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Deepening Democracy

The principles enshrined in the Harare Commonwealth Declaration of 1991 - encompassing fundamental political values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law - are widely accepted in the Commonwealth. Indeed, since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Edinburgh in 1997, adherence to these principles is essential for an application for membership to succeed. Since 1995 the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (see previous chapter) has met to deal with 'serious and persistent' violations of these principles.

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