Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1971
|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)
British arms sales to South Africa
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1971 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.
- "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. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
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