10.03.2005 General News

Kufuor calls for rededication of C'wealth countries to its objectives

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Accra, March 10, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor on Thursday called on member countries of the Commonwealth to rededicate themselves to the values and goals of the club.

In a message to celebrate Commonwealth Day which falls on Monday March 14, President Kufuor said 'on this Commonwealth Day, let us all rededicate ourselves to the association and to the values and goals it represents".

The message was contained in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Accra on Thursday and signed by Mrs Martha Pobee, Acting Director in-charge of Information, Culture and Linguistic Bureau. It said: " Today, we celebrate Ghana's membership of the Commonwealth family of nations. We celebrate our shared values, our commitment to peace, democracy, human rights and our determination to co-operate with each other in a spirit of solidarity"

President Kufuor said "this year in particular we also recognize the crucial role education plays in building strong communities, generating growth and creating opportunities for all Commonwealth people.

"The Commonwealth is a modern, vibrant network of people, who through their knowledge and expertise help each other to grow. These partnerships contribute to a global dialogue in which citizens from every part of the Commonwealth benefit from each other's skills and experience", he said.

President Kufuor said, "we in Ghana feel stronger knowing that, through the Commonwealth, we are connected to 52 other nations with which we share a working language, certain fundamental values, similar institutions and a joint commitment to build peace and deliver prosperity to all our people".

He said Ghana had greatly benefited from being part of the Commonwealth network along the years and "we are confident that we will continue to do so in the future".

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