The Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau opened the 32 nation Commonwealth Summit Conference in Ottawa on Thursday (August 2) with the confident claim that the world was now closer to peace.
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SCU Bangladesh Prime Minister welcomed by Trudeau
MV Heath out of car welcomed by Trudeau
GV Uganda High Commissioner welcomed by Trudeau
GV Demonstrators with placards
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SV Pan General Gowon
GV PM's around conference table
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BANGLADESH PRIME MINISTER ARRIVES, GREETED BY PIERRE TRUDEAU: HEATH OUT OF CAR AND WELCOMED: UGANDAN HIGH COMMISSIONER ARRIVES: DEMONSTRATORS WITH PLACARDS: MINISTERS INTO CONFERENCE: MR. HEATH SEATED: GENERAL GOWON: PRIME MINISTERS AROUND CONFERENCE.
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Background: The Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau opened the 32 nation Commonwealth Summit Conference in Ottawa on Thursday (August 2) with the confident claim that the world was now closer to peace.
In his speech of welcome to the Presidents and Prime Ministers of six continents who represent 900 million of the world's people, the Canadian leader said peace was closer because sufficient numbers of world leaders had come to recognise that force and aggression carried on in the name of Government were incapable of solving any problems.
The conference being held for the first time in Canada will be tackling the problems of world peace, reform of the shaky international monetary system and changing trade patterns, including Britain's entry to the European Common Market.
About 50 Asians expelled from uganda staged a demonstration when the Ugandan delegation arrived at the Conference Centre.
But President Idi Amin has announced that he will not attend the conference.
Two nations were at the conference for the first time - Bangladesh and the newly independent Bahamas.
SYNOPSIS: In Ottawa, Canada on Thursday Presidents and Prime Ministers of thirty-two nations arrived for the Commonwealth Summit Conference. The leaders representing nine hundred million of the world's people came in alphabetical order to be welcomed by the Canadian Premier Pierre Trudeau. One of the first was Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
The conference will be tackling the problems of world oceans, reform of the International monetary system and changing trade patterns - including Britain's entry to the Common Market.
Uganda was represented by its High commissioner. President Idi Amin has announced he will not be attending the conference.
About fifty Asians expelled from Uganda staged a demonstration as the High Commissioner arrived.
The Canadian Premier in his speech of welcome said he believed word peace was closer - because sufficient numbers of world leaders now recognised that force and aggression carried on in the name of Governments could solve nothing.
In a keynote speech the British Premier Edward Heath was also optimistic. He is reported to have told the conference the danger that the world might be drawn into war by the rivalries of the super-powers had diminished.
But delegates said Mr. Heath reacted angrily to suggestions that Britain had not done enough to try to stop the French nuclear tests in the Pacific. In spite of the issue of nuclear testing observers believe the conference will be more calm and businesslike than on previous occasions.