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McKinnon book tells all

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

SIR Don McKinnon, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, will launch his memoirs detailing his eight years at the helm of the intergovernmental organisation in London today.

The event will be held at Marlborough House, headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

In the book, Sir Don shares his thoughts about the situation in Fiji that has been plagued by coups and the impact these have been on socio-political and economic progress in the country and the region.

The former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also talks about his interactions with Pacific leaders, including the leaders of Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.

The research and writing of the memoirs took five years since Sir Don left office as Commonwealth Secretary-General in March 2008.

Sir Don who served as Commonwealth Secretary-General from 2000-2008, presents a candid view of the events behind the scenes of some turbulent times in the history of the modern Commonwealth, which groups 54 countries from across the globe.

He shares his insights on players in the political ring within the Commonwealth, with the posturing, the plotting and the sparring for power and influence nationally and internationally. Sir Don unveils the political intrigues which have put the Commonwealth in the news.

"I spent a lot of time going through my notes, both personal notes and official briefs. And I thought long and hard about what to say and not to say in my book. At times, I thought it necessary to be diplomatically reticent on some comments as I felt it would be prudent not to put emphasis on certain issues at this stage."


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