• Short Summary

    As Britain's Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Rhodesian Leader Mr Ian Smith continued their efforts to reach a settlement in the six-year-old independence dispute in Salisbury on Monday, life continued quietly in the City.

  • Description

    As Britain's Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Rhodesian Leader Mr Ian Smith continued their efforts to reach a settlement in the six-year-old independence dispute in Salisbury on Monday, life continued quietly in the City.

    This film indicates some of the calm of relations between the races in Salisbury, which prevails although the white minority enjoy a better economic situation than the black majority, and are accused by many of trying to hold back African advance.

    The film shows some instances of happy racial mixing, for example in children's playgrounds, but also highlights the radial segregation of "European-only" public conveniences.

    Tuesday's full session of talks between Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Mr Smith was widely expected to mark the success or failure of the latest move to end the dispute.

    But there has been no official indication whether the result of the round of negotiations would be a final settlement or just another failure to reach agreement.

    SYNOPSIS: In Salisbury the Rhodesian capital on Tuesday, Britain and Rhodesia appeared to be nearing the climax of their latest and possibly last attempt to end six years of stalemate over the breakaway colony's independence. Life continued quietly as usual for black and whites in Salisbury, where open racial conflict is reported to be rare. Meanwhile, great issues of human rights were being debated,issues such as unimpeded progress towards majority rule, and the removal of alleged racial discrimination - the two leading objectives of the British.

    In the children's playgrounds, and in most public places, there were plenty of examples of the races mixing happily, although separate groping of the races, apparently voluntary, often occurs.

    Segregation of public convenience for "Europeans Only" however, indicated stronger racial attitudes.

    It is this kind of apartheid-style extreme which will prevail, say many liberals, the British cannot secure from Mr Smith the 'five principles' they have insisted on for African advancement over the past six years.

    There have been signs that the talks between Britain's Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Mr Smith reached a critical stage on Monday. Mr Smith and his cabinet and a three-hour Cabinet meeting after Monday's session of talks, and Mr Smith was also reported to have conferred with some Rhodesian Front M.P.'s. During the day also, British and Rhodesian officials - without their principals - engaged in further detailed discussions. Tuesday's full session of talks between Principals was widely expected to mark the success or failure of the latest move to settle the dispute. Observers said Mr Smith was likely to be given a last chance to accept or reject Britain's settlement proposals, but there was no official indication whether the result of the discussions would be final settlement or just another failure to reach agreement.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA182U558XHZ1O9KOB7PXFRQC0T
    Media URN:
    VLVA182U558XHZ1O9KOB7PXFRQC0T
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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