1960 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference

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10th Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference
Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth Nations, at Windsor Castle (1960 Commonwealth Prime Minister's Conference).jpg
Host country United Kingdom
Dates 3–13 May 1960
Cities London
Participants 11
Chair Harold Macmillan
(Prime Minister)
Follows 1957
Precedes 1961
Key points

The 1960 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference was the tenth Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in the United Kingdom in May 1960, and was hosted by that country's Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan.

This was the first Commonwealth conference since Malayan independence in August 1957 and saw the growing importance of the non-white "New Commonwealth" countries. Malaya's prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman and his government vigorously opposed the apartheid policies of South Africa and, with the support of Pakistan, India and Ghana, demanded that the issue be addressed by the Commonwealth. However, Macmillan insisted that the final communique could only include matters on which the leaders were unanimous.[1] Ghana advised the meeting that it would be becoming a republic and South Africa advised that it would be holding a referendum on the issue. Ghana was advised that its continued membership in the Commonwealth as a republic was recognised, however, South Africa was advised that it would need to seek consent of other Commonwealth governments for its membership to continue.[2]

Participants[edit]

Nation Name Portfolio
 United Kingdom Harold Macmillan Prime Minister (Chairman)
 Australia Robert Menzies Prime Minister
 Canada John Diefenbaker Prime Minister
 Ceylon E. J. Cooray Minister of Justice
 Ghana Kwame Nkrumah President
 India Jawaharlal Nehru Prime Minister
 Malaya Tunku Abdul Rahman Prime Minister
 New Zealand Walter Nash Prime Minister
 Pakistan Ayub Khan President
 Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sir Roy Welensky Prime Minister
South Africa South Africa Eric Louw Minister of External Affairs

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