In a note dated 18 November 1954, George Crombie from the Commonwealth Relations Office expresses his concern at the holding of an Afro-Asian Conference, particularly since anti-colonialist views will undoubtedly dominate discussions. He also fears the potential participation of the British colonies.
On 4 February 1955, a note sent by the British Foreign Office to the United Kingdom High Commissioners in the Commonwealth outlines the United Kingdom’s concerns surrounding the conference, to be attended by the representatives of 23 Asian countries and six African countries. The Foreign Office suggests that there is a risk that the Afro-Asian Conference will be influenced by communist hostility to the West and by neutralism.
In April 1955, on the margins of the Asian-African Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia, the non-aligned leaders (from left to right) — Colonel Gamal A. Nasser, the Burmese Prime Minister, U Nu, the Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Nasser’s adjutant, Major Salah Salem — celebrate the Burmese New Year in traditional costume.
On 18 April 1955, the Indonesian President Sukarno declares the Bandung Conference open. With some 29 African and Asian countries in attendance, the Conference calls upon all the participants to unite in the fight against colonialism.
On 24 April 1955, the delegations of 29 countries from Africa and Asia, meeting at the Bandung (Indonesia) International Conference, publish a Final Communiqué containing the principles adopted at the Conference.
On the 10th anniversary of the Bandung Conference, the French journalist Arthur Conte publishes an article entitled 'Bandung, a turning point in history' in which he describes the role of this meeting at a global level.
As the Bandung Conference opens on 18 April 1955, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera outlines the growing political awareness of the Asian-African peoples and highlights their various demands.
On 27 April 1955, the Luxembourg daily newspaper Luxemburger Wort considers the move towards non-alignment apparent at the Bandung Conference attended by 29 countries from Africa and Asia from 18 to 24 April 1955.
On 28 April 1955, General Paul Ely, French Commissioner General in Indo-China, sends a letter to Antoine Pinay, French Foreign Minister, in which he gives his first impressions of the Bandung Conference, held from 18 to 24 April 1955.
Commenting on the Bandung Conference held from 18 to 24 April 1955 and attended by delegations from 29 African and Asian countries, French cartoonist Mitelberg takes an ironic look at the misunderstandings surrounding decolonisation.
On 28 April 1955, the British Ambassador to Djakarta, Oscar Morland, sends a letter to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Harold Macmillan, in which he encloses a memorandum on the working and achievements of the Bandung Conference.
On 25 May 1956, Maurice Couve de Murville, French Ambassador to Washington, informs French Foreign Minister Christian Pineau of an address given by the US Senator for Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, in which he gave his views on colonialism and US foreign policy. Kennedy believes that his country must take a stance against the colonial policy of Western powers, in particular so that the colonies, which are currently gaining independence, will not turn towards the East.
On 24 April 1958, the French daily newspaper Le Monde analyses the positions taken and the agreements reached by the independent African states which took part in the Accra Conference, held from 15 to 22 April 1958 on the initiative of Ghanaian Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah.
On 12 May 1958, the Sub-Directorate for Africa in the French Foreign Ministry reports on the Conference of Independent African States held from 15 to 22 April 1958 in Accra, Ghana, on the initiative of Ghanaian Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah. The states participating in the conference presented their nationalist objectives and strongly criticised French colonialism.