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Vol 38 No 22

Published 7th November 1997

Enunciations from Edinburgh

Prime Minister Blair and Secretary General Anyaoku's attempts to reshape the Commonwealth were marred by political irresolution

In the confusion about the Commonwealth's role as democratic policeman during the Heads of Government meeting in Edinburgh (24-27 October), two significant voices encapsulated the issues. Firstly, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni told activists in Edinburgh that they should not expect much help from the international community: 'If you think you don't have democracy then you should fight for it, instead if pinning your hopes on international organisations'. When he was asked about the Commonwealth' failure to promote democracy in Nigeria, Museveni retorted: 'These political activists need to wake up. The Commonwealth won't give you freedom. You have to carry the pregnancy and the Commonwealth is like a mid-wife that can help you to deliver'.

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