1971 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
|1st Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting|
|Dates||14–22 January 1971|
|Participants||32 (of 32 members)|
|Heads of State or Government||26|
|Chair||Lee Kuan Yew|
(Prime Minister of Singapore)
|Follows||1969 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference|
British arms sales to South Africa
The 1971 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was the first Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly named the British Commonwealth). It was held in Singapore, between 14 January 1971 and 22 January 1971, and was hosted by that country's Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.
British prime minister Edward Heath advised Queen Elizabeth II not to attend the conference due to a row within the Commonwealth over Britain selling arms to South Africa. It would be the only CHOGM the Queen would miss until 2013.
At the meeting the Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles was agreed setting out the core political values that would form the main part of the Commonwealth's membership criteria. The final document was not ratified by Pakistan. Topics discussed at the meeting included Chinese representation at the United Nations, East-West relations, conflict in the Southeast Asia, Portuguese violations of Guinean sovereignty and situation in Portuguese colonies, and South African situation. Members also discussed the repercussions of future Accession of the United Kingdom to the European Communities.
- Milutin Tomanović, ed. (1972). Hronika međunarodnih događaja 1971 [The Chronicle of International Events in 1971] (in Serbo-Croatian). Belgrade: Institute of International Politics and Economics. p. 2556.
- "Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth". Daily Telegraph. 27 December 2013.
- "Concern as the Queen misses Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka". The Telegraph. 7 May 2013. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.