Commonwealth leaders are expected do get through the root of the Ottawa conference more quickly and relaxedly after the most informal weekend in the history of their meetings.
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Background: Commonwealth leaders are expected do get through the root of the Ottawa conference more quickly and relaxedly after the most informal weekend in the history of their meetings.
The leaders of almost every country's delegation spent the weekend at the Quebec mountain resort of Mont Tremblant.
The spokesman said the informal chats the leaders had been able to have had cleared the way for smoother sailing. However more difficult topics are to come. Delegates will this week be discussing international trade after Britain's recent Common Market entry and the South African and Rhodesian situations.
The conference has already debated nuclear tests and the final communique is expected to contain a declaration calling for the end of all tests.
Kenya proposed the creation of a Commonwealth bank during the first week's meetings. The delegation said the bank would provide on effective means of channelling funds for Commonwealth development projects, particularly for less prosperous members countries.
SYNOPSIS: Commonwealth leaders have just spent the most informal weekend in the history of their meetings at the Canadian mountain resort of Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Officials expect the rest of the Ottawa Commonwealth Conference to go more quickly and relaxedly.
Vice President Moi, head of Kenya's delegation, want shopping with his daughter Jennifer on the Sunday morning. Spokesmen said the chats leaders were able to have in the informal surroundings had cleared the way for smoother sailing. Kenya suggested creating a Commonwealth Bank during the first week's meetings. The delegation said the bank would provide an effective means of channelling funds for Commonwealth development projects, particularly for the less prosperous member countries.
The final communique is expected to contain a declaration calling for the end of all nuclear tests. Decisions on topics like the Rhodesian situation and trade arrangements since Britain's Common Market entry are yet to come.
Britain's Premier Edward Heath looks at esse with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, although he had been in the centre of an air safety scare earlier. The aircraft taking him to Mont Tremblant lost radio contact briefly in bad weather. Nigeria's General Yakubu Gowon is with the two leaders here.
Perhaps the weekend's lightest moment was when the Nigerian leader and Barbados Prime Minister Errol Barrow did the twist dance with Commonwealth Secretary General's wife Mrs. Eve Smith. At the end of the weekend, the leaders were to return refreshed for their second week of summit talks in Ottawa.