The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Monday, Oc­to­ber 21, 1991 — Com­mon­wealth Heads of Govern­ment ended their week­end re­treat for this year’s sum­mit yes­ter­day by plant­ing 48 indige­nous trees at the newly es­tab­lished CHOGM Re­treat Park in Vic­to­ria Falls.

The tree-plant­ing ex­er­cise fol­lows the 1989 Langkawi Dec­la­ra­tion that high­lighted the Com­mon­wealth’s con­cern for ac­tion on the en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

The dec­la­ra­tion promised full sup­port by the 50-mem­ber group of English speak­ing coun­tries for next year’s United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on the En­vi­ron­ment and De­vel­op­ment in Brazil.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, who is chair­ing the sum­mit, planted a Nyala tree while Bri­tain’s Mr John Ma­jor planted a ba­nana tree (not the fruit type).

Ear­lier, the lead­ers met to dis­cuss the South African part of the sum­mit’s de­lib­er­a­tions and to de­cide the venue of the next sum­mit in 1993.

The Com­mon­wealth Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion Mrs Patsy Robert­son said that delegates also dis­cussed the elec­tion of the Com­mon­wealth Foun­da­tion chair to re­place out­go­ing Cana­dian Mr Robert Stan­field, who has served for about seven years.

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