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1969 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference

17th Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference
Host country United Kingdom
Dates7–15 January 1969
Venue(s)Marlborough House
Heads of Government24
ChairHarold Wilson
(Prime Minister)
FollowsSeptember 1966
Precedes1971 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Key points
Review of the world diplomatic and economic situation, Rhodesia, Biafra crisis, Commonwealth co-operation.

The 1969 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference was the 17th Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in the United Kingdom in January 1969, and was hosted by that country's Prime Minister, Harold Wilson.

Five newly independent member countries participated for the first time: Botswana, Barbados, Lesotho, Mauritius and Swaziland.[1]

On the issue of the rogue colony of Rhodesia, Britain re-committed itself to the policy of No independence before majority rule (NIBMAR) which it had adopted at the last Prime Ministers' conference in September 1966.

Also discussed was the Biafra crisis in Nigeria and discrimination against South Asian communities living in Africa and Black and Asian immigrants living in the UK.


  1. ^ The Commonwealth at the Summit: Communiqués of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, 1944-1986 (Volume 1). Commonwealth Secretariat. 1987. pp. 137–149. ISBN 0850923174.
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1969 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference
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