Vice President leaves for India after CHOGM

Vice President Hamid Ansari today left for India after attending the three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting here.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 10:49 AM IST

Perth: Vice President Hamid Ansari today left
for India after attending the three-day Commonwealth Heads of
Government (CHOGM) meeting here.

Ansari, who represented India at the summit of the leaders
of the 54-nation bloc, had also held informal meetings with
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Sri Lankan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, among other world leaders here.

However, no bilateral talks was held with Australian Prime
Minister Julia Gillard.

Taking a step-by-step approach to reforms, the
Commonwealth has agreed to adopt some of the recommendations
of an eminent persons group to make it more relevant in
current times, but has virtually rejected the proposal for a
human rights commissioner.

The final CHOGM communique yesterday, the last day of the
summit, noted the "impasse" in the Doha round and urged the
trade ministers` World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in
December to commit to make "substantive progress" as well as
make a formal "anti-protectionist pledge".

The communique also called for "accelerated efforts" to
conclude negotiations on a Comprehensive Convention on
International Terrorism (CCIT).

It endorsed India`s position that seeks a quick
conclusion to the negotiations on the CCIT at the UN.

PTI