Racial stresses and strains within the British Commonwealth - that was the keynote when Commonwealth Prime Ministers arrived on London on march 5th for their annual conference.
Racial stresses and strains within the British Commonwealth - that was the keynote when Commonwealth Prime Ministers arrived on London on march 5th for their annual conference. This year, South African apartheid and the political status of Africans in the Rhodesian Federation are dominant issues.
Apparently uninvolved, however, was New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr. Holyoake, flying in for his first Commonwealth Prime Minister conference. His arrival was marked by a family reunion, for there at the airport to meet him was his son. Mr. Holyoake junior was accompanied by his fiancee, who comes from South Africa.
Mrs. Bandaranaike of Ceylon - her country's and the world's first woman Prime Minister - was greeted by Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, Mr. Duncan Sandys....and also by Tamil student demonstrators protesting against alleged ill-treatment of a minority group - the Tamil people - in Ceylon.
The Tamils of Ceylon are conducting a civil disobedience campaign in protest against the implementation of the Act Sinhalese Ceylon's sole official language, with Mrs. Bandaranaike at the airport was her 12-year-old son. She is the first woman to attend the conference.
The Malayan Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, who opposed apartheid at the last conference, was interviewed on arriving at London airport: