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New Criteria for Commonwealth Membership

1997
New criteria for Commonwealth membership was decided by Commonwealth Heads of Government after the CHOGM in Edinburgh earlier that year.

 Heads of Government received and endorsed a report from the Intergovernmental Group on Criteria for Commonwealth Membership. They agreed that in order to become a member of the Commonwealth, an applicant country should, as a rule, have had a constitutional association with an existing Commonwealth member; that it should comply with Commonwealth values, principles and priorities as set out in the Harare Declaration; and that it should accept Commonwealth norms and conventions.