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Malaysia’s ‘global movement of the moderates’ included in Commonwealth communique

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PERTH: Malaysia’s initiative to promote the “global movement of the moderates” has been included in the Commonwealth communique issued by the leaders at the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting here.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he was pleased to see Malaysia’s initiative being accepted and made part of the communique.

“Basically, people support the idea of the global movement of the moderates.

“It is now up to us to crystalise it in terms of activities and programmes that can further strengthen the concept as well as the principles and values associated with the movement,” the Prime Minister said at the conclusion of the three-day CHOGM 2011 on Sunday.

Among the contents of the communique, which was issued at the end of the meeting, was that the member countries would maintain their commitment to a stable and secure national and international environment.

They would help improve international security by embracing moderation as an important value to overcome all forms of extremism, as called for in the “global movement of the moderates”.

Najib first unveiled the initiative at the United Nations general assembly last year and again when he met African leaders at the Langkawi International Dialogue in June.

The concept envisions a scenario where ordinary people of all races, religions and political persuasions are prepared to stand up to extremists and defend the values they believe in.

The 17-point joint statement also saw heads of governments agreeing to reform the Commonwealth to make it more effective through the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and consider recommendations made by the Eminent Persons Group.

Najib said Malaysia would host a major international seminar in Kuala Lumpur in January to further explain the concept and its principles.

The Prime Minister said there were plans to form an institution that would conduct research on programmes that could be held to further promote the movement.

On the meeting, Najib said it was a fruitful one as the leaders were committed towards reforms and tackling global issues.

“The desire for change is there. The spirit of Commonwealth is alive and the desire to make the grouping more relevant is also quite evident among members.

“But the biggest challenge is the how’ part. The challenge is how committed we are in terms of execution and the ability to provide resources,” he added.

Source : The Star

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