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Ambassadors plus,1 Early 1950Smid-1960S

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In the 1950s all was by no means always well with the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth’s singular diplomatic practices and differential dealings with high commissioners symbolised, emphasised, and strengthened this unusual association. The 1950s and early 1960s were good years for high commissioners, when the advantages of their office were obvious and appealing. They had become, like ambassadors, the normal channel of communication between governments. This chapter discusses a few of the advantages of the office that predate the period on which it is focused. Britain was the only Commonwealth country with a government department dedicated to dealings with independent Commonwealth states. During the negotiation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR) the members of the Commonwealth collaborated closely to protect the office of high commissioner. In the mid-1950s there was even talk of it being extended to include France, Norway, and other European countries.

Keywords: ambassadors plus; Britain; Commonwealth states; high commissioner office; Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR)



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