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.
LV plane taxies
MV New Zealand Premiers's son and fiancee
MV Holyoake down plane steps - greeted by officials greets son and fiancee
MV leaves son
MV moves along
SV Mrs. Bandaranaike down plane steps, greeted by Sandys
CU Mrs. Bandaranaike PAN TO son
SV moves along
MV moves along
SLV Tamil party with placards
CU banner "Ceylon Tamils"
CU placard "You have come to democratic Britain - learn her ways"
CU placard "Ceylon Tamils stand united so think again"
CU placard "Racialism in S. Africa apartheid Racialism in Ceylon nationalism"
SV Mrs. Bandaranaike moves along
SV Tunku Abdul Rahman down, plane steps greeted by Sandys, greets others
CU Tunku Abdul Rahman PAN TO Sandys
MV party move along
CU Tunku Abdul Rahman in lounge, SOF begins "You've been reported..." ends...."life worth living"
Question: "You've been reported that you will bring up the question of South Africa's continued membership in the Commonwealth. Are you going to do this?"
Answer: "Well, the position is this . As you all know that I am bitterly opposed to all forms or any form of discrimination; I come from a country where everybody is equal in the eyes of the law and you know, multi racial, and we have given help to freedom of worship and everything else that makes life worth living".
EDITORS: see 1595/61 Apartheid rally and pro Verwoerd rally; 1587/61 (SOF) Verwoerd and Welensky arrivals for conference.
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Background: 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: