1965 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference

14th Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference
Host country United Kingdom
Dates17–25 June 1965
ChairHarold Wilson
(Prime Minister)
PrecedesJanuary 1966
Key points
Commonwealth peace initiative to Vietnam, race relations, Rhodesia, Southern Africa, Cyprus, Commonwealth Secretariat

The 1965 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference was the fourteenth Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in the United Kingdom in June 1965, and was hosted by that country's Prime Minister, Harold Wilson.

The Conference approved Prime Minister Wilson's proposal for a Commonwealth peace mission to Vietnam; Wilson subsequently shelved the initiative. The body also approved the creation of the Commonwealth Secretariat proposed at the previous summit and appoints Canadian Arnold Smith as the first Commonwealth Secretary-General. The meeting also discussed the crisis in Rhodesia, relations with South Africa and Portuguese colonies in Africa, and opposition by Asian and African Commonwealth countries to British, Australian and New Zealand's support for American intervention in the Vietnam War. The Commonwealth reaffirmed its declaration that all Commonwealth states should work for societies based on racial equality.[1]


Nation Name Portfolio
 United Kingdom Harold Wilson Prime Minister (Chairman)
 Australia Robert Menzies Prime Minister
 Canada Lester Pearson Prime Minister
 Ceylon A. F. Wijemanne Justice Minister
 Cyprus Spyros Kyprianou Foreign Minister
 The Gambia Dawda Jawara Prime Minister
 Ghana Kwame Nkrumah President
 India Lal Bahadur Shastri Prime Minister
 Jamaica Donald Sangster Acting Prime Minister
 Kenya Joseph Murumbi Foreign Minister
 Malawi Hastings Banda Prime Minister
 Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Prime Minister
 Malta Giorgio Borġ Olivier Prime Minister
 New Zealand Keith Holyoake Prime Minister
 Nigeria Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Prime Minister
 Pakistan Ayub Khan President
 Sierra Leone Albert Margai Prime Minister
 Tanzania Julius Nyerere President
 Trinidad and Tobago Eric Williams Prime Minister
 Uganda Milton Obote Prime Minister
 Zambia Kenneth Kaunda President


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2015-06-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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