Malta Independent 17/11/2013: Malta will be hosting its second Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) within the space of a decade, The Malta Independent on Sunday has learnt.
The OPM's communications officer Kurt Farrugia broke the news on the social media this morning.
In addition to human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, where this year’s
meeting is being held, the Commonwealth Heads of Government have also
had to deal with the issue of next year’s venue after Mauritius dropped
out. The Indian Ocean island has become ineligible to host the next
CHOGM after boycotting this year’s event in protest over Sri Lanka’s
human rights record.
A spokesman from the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday confirmed
to this newspaper that Malta, along with a number of other countries,
was asked if it would be willing to host the 2015 meeting, and the
Maltese government has said that it would consider taking up the offer
if no one else did.
The spokesman added: “The main countries, such as the UK, are backing
Malta’s position. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that Malta would
bide its...read on.