CHARLES CALLS FOR UNITY

The heir to the British crown also rejected the campaign to against monarchy. He said it is upto the member nations to decide on the role of monarchy…reports Asian Lite News

“I believe that the Commonwealth is uniquely positioned to achieve such positive change in our world,” said Prince Charles. He was addressing the 24th meeting of the CHOGM in Rwanda. “And in speaking to you over the years, I know you agree.  Indeed, I can only applaud the focus you are bringing to supporting youth, business and civil society, not least through the Commonwealth professional associations of judges, teachers and midwives, to name but three. 

“I know the importance you attach to ensuring that support reaches the developing world and how important is the work you are undertaking to develop new approaches which take account of climate vulnerability to enable the better channelling of development assistance.  I was also greatly heartened at yesterday’s Business Forum to see Commonwealth Leaders and global C.E.O.s, including from my Sustainable Markets Initiative, identifying practical solutions to these vital challenges. 

“To achieve this potential good, however, and to unlock the power of our common future, we must also acknowledge the wrongs which have shaped our past.”

The heir to the British crown also rejected the campaign to against monarchy. He said it is upto the member nations to decide on the role of monarchy.

“Our Commonwealth family is – and will always remain – a free association of independent, self-governing nations.  We meet and talk as equals, sharing our knowledge and experience for the betterment of all citizens of the Commonwealth – and, indeed, the wider world.  The Commonwealth contains within it countries that have had constitutional relationships with my Family, some that continue to do so, and increasingly those that have had none. 

“I want to say clearly, as I have said before, that each member’s Constitutional arrangement, as Republic or Monarchy, is purely a matter for each member country to decide.  The benefit of long life brings me the experience that arrangements such as these can change, calmly and without rancour.  But, as I said in Barbados last November, we should never forget the things which do not change: the close and trusted partnership between Commonwealth members; our common values and shared goals; and, perhaps most importantly, the strong and enduring connections between the peoples of the Commonwealth which strengthen us all.

“These shared values, goals and friendships transcend the ties of shared history, as we saw in welcoming Mozambique and Rwanda to this great family of nations.  And now, coming to Rwanda for the first time, visiting the genocide memorial and speaking to survivors, I have been overwhelmed by the resilience, grace and determination of the Rwandan people. “

“In the diversity of the 2.6 billion people on whose behalf you speak, comes great strength, which you can use, for instance, to speak up for the values which bind us, to invest in a rapid transition to a sustainable future and to create opportunities for our young people.  Many of those wrongs belong to an earlier age with different – and, in some ways lesser – values.  By working together, we are building a new and enduring friendship.  In Canada recently, my wife and I were deeply touched to meet many of those engaged in the ongoing process of reconciliation – indigenous and non-indigenous peoples reflecting honestly and openly on one of the darkest aspects of history.  As challenging as that conversation can be, people across Canada are approaching it with courage and unwavering commitment, determined to lay a foundation of respect and understanding upon which a better future can be built. “

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