Malaysia's King, Yang Di-Pertuang Agong, on Monday (September 13) opened the 17th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference and reaffirmed his country's faith in the Commonwealth's ability to survive in a changing world.
GV EXT. Parliament House
MCV Kenya delegate
MC Ghana ditto talks to other delegates
CV Indian delegate
CU Roy McNeill, Emile Joseph & Bahamas delegates
CU Ghana delegates
MCV King greets delegates
CU King speaking
SV King speaking
SV Delegates (3 shots)
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Background: Malaysia's King, Yang Di-Pertuang Agong, on Monday (September 13) opened the 17th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference and reaffirmed his country's faith in the Commonwealth's ability to survive in a changing world.
But despite the King's optimism, bitter exchanges later took place. Foremost was the disagreement in the African group at the conference, spearheaded by Tanzania's call for the ousting of Malawi from the Association.
Tanzanian parliamentarian, J. J. Mungai, described Malawi as a puppet regime of South Africa, were the members of Parliament were chosen by the President rather than the electorate. The Malawi delegate replied by branding Tanzania as a one party state and defending his country's dialogue with South Africa as more honest than what he described as "the back door trade relations with Pretoria practised by some militant East African states".
In all some 144 delegates from 71 Commonwealth countries are attending the conference.
SYNOPSIS: A total of 144 delegates from 71 British Commonwealth countries are currently attending the 17th meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
The first days of the conference produced open quarrelling amongst some of the African member nations over the policy of dialogue with South Africa, advocated by the Malawi government.
Earlier, the Conference had been opened by Malaysia's King, Yang Di-Pertuang Agong. In his opening speech, the King reaffirmed his country's faith in the ability of the Commonwealth to survive in a changing world.
The conference is due to conclude on September 17. Next Year's meeting is scheduled to be held in Malawi.