The Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference ended in Ottawa on Friday (10 August) with broad agreement on the Rhodesia issue.
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TRUDEAU: "Certainly, there has been progress made on the Rhodesian question... great progress, if I compare it to what happened at the two previous conferences which I attended, at which great speeches were made and points of view emphasised. But never before this conference has there been an agreement once again by the Commonwealth members to contribute towards that solution. Never before have they stood behind Great Britain and said 'We will support your efforts toward seeking a solution which includes the objective of majority rule'. Never before has there bene this unanimity of the conference on that subject. On the contrary, I remember previous discussions where you had Britain on one hand, and the Commonwealth countries on the other. And this to me is a tremendous advance, when we can stand collectively as a body and lend our lend support to the efforts of Great Britain."
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Below is a transcript of Prime Minister Trudeau's remarks.
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Background: The Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference ended in Ottawa on Friday (10 August) with broad agreement on the Rhodesia issue. Commonwealth leaders expressed concern for the situation in Rhodesia and the continuing absence of a settlement. They also aligned themselves with British initiatives toward a solution, based on majority rule.
However, a plan for a "peace force" in Rhodesia was vetoed by Britain. It was put forward by Barbados, and supported during the conference by Canada, and the African and Caribbean nations.
The general view after the nine-day conference was that it had succeeded, despite the pressures of the emotional Rhodesia question. As host Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, put it: "Never before has there been this unaniminity ... on that subject."