1965 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference
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17 June 1965–|
25 June 1965
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 approves Prime Minister Wilson's proposal for a Commonwealth peace mission to Vietnam, Wilson subsequently shelved the initiative. The body also approves 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 discusses 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 reaffirms its declaration that all Commonwealth states should work for societies based on racial equality.