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New Lecture: The unfairness of European Union EPAs with African countries

Abuja, 28 July….   Antigua and Barbuda diplomat, Sir Ronald Sanders, told a Conference of more than 150 representatives from Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that there is a risk that Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union (EU) could be the start of a new era in which African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are held captive to European companies.   Read his Keynote Speech to a conference in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, under "Lectures" in the "Lectures and Interviews" section of this website:

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A  new commentary has been posted entitled: Guyana-Venezuela: Peace under Law.  It argues that after 49 years, including 25 years of the SG’s efforts at mediation and conciliation through a ‘good offices’ process, no resolution has been found.  The exhaustion of other options now leaves a ‘judicial settlement’ open to the SG.  Such a judicial settlement by the International Court of Justice would settle the issue peacefully, binding both Guyana and Venezuela.  That would be the peaceful, legal and internationally acceptable way to end the controversy once and for all, allowing the Guyanese and Venezuelan people to co-exist in peace and co-operate as neighbours for their own well-being and in the interest of their neighbours.

 Map showing ExxonMobil exploration in Guyana waters

Two previous commentaries are: The Commonwealth's Future  - Part 1 and Part 2.  The commentaries analyse the present circumstances of the Commonwealth and argue that despite its perceived decline the association has great potential for contributing meaningfully to its 53 member states and as an influence for good in the world.  They look at areas for reform and the role that the Secretary-General should play in making sure the Commonwealth is relevant and effective - it has much life left in it if managed with commitment and drive.