• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. HAROLD WILSON, AND THE COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS SECRETARY, MR. BOTTOMLEY, LEFT?

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    CU LONDON AIRPORT
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    SV INT..PRIME MINISTER AND COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY SEATED SOF...
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    3.
    CU PRESSMEN (SILENT)
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    CU MR. BOTTOMLEY (SILENT)
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    CU...SOF...
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    6.
    GV PRIME MINISTER AND MR. BOTTOMLEY WALK TO PLANE, MR. WILSON SHAKES HANDS WITH PILOT
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    7.
    LV PRESSMEN
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    SV P.M. & MR. BOTTOMLEY UP STEPS (2 SHOTS)
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    SCU MRS WILSON WAVES
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    GV AIRCRAFT TAXIES
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    SV INT.. MR WILSON AND MR BOTTOMLEY IN PLANE
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    12.
    CU MR. WILSON WAVES PAN TO MR. BOTTOMLEY
    2.51


    TRANSCRIPT:



    INTERVIEWER: "PRIME MINISTER, IN RECENT HOURS MR. SMITH SEEMS PERHAPS TO HAVE BEEN CLOSING THE DOOR WHEN IT SEEMED TO BE A LITTLE AJAR WHEN YOU DECIDED TO GO TO SALISBURY. WILL THIS AFFECT THE CHANCES OF SUCCESS OF YOUR VISIT?"



    PRIME MINISTER: "EVERYTHING MR. SMITH AND I HAVE TO SAY TO ONE ANOTHER ARE BEST SAID ACROSS THE NEGOTIATING TABLE."



    INTERVIEWER: "DO YOU AGREE WITH HIM THAT THE TALKS ARE ABOUT A TREATY AND NOT ABOUT U.D.I. AT ALL?"



    PRIME MINISTER: "MY PURPOSE IN GOING WAS SET OUT IN MY LETTER TO HIM. I THINK I MADE CLEAR IN THE BROADCASTING THAT I GAVE A WEEK OR TWO AGO HOW GRAVE WOULD BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT IS BEING CONSIDERED AND I THINK IT IS THE DUTY OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND MYSELF TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO AVERT ANYTHING THAT COULD HAVE SUCH GRAVE CONSEQUENCES. I THINK IN GOING THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO REACH A REASONABLE SETTLEMENT."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT DO YOU HOPE, PRIME MINISTER, TO DISCUSS WITH THE AFRICAN LEADERS IN RHODESIA?"



    PRIME MINISTER: "AGAIN I PREFER TO DISCUSS THAT WITH THE AFRICAN LEADERS WHEN I MEET THEM, AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE WILL OF COURSE BE IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS. BUT, I WOULD HOPE THAT WE CAN GET MAXIMUM CO-OPERATION FROM THE PEOPLE OF RHODESIA AS A WHOLE. THAT DOES MEAN CO-OPERATION FROM EVERYONE IN RHODESIA."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. HAROLD WILSON, AND THE COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS SECRETARY, MR. BOTTOMLEY, LEFT FOR RHODESIA TODAY (SUNDAY) TO HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH THE RHODESIAN PRIME MINISTER,MR. SMITH, ON THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRY.

    BEFORE LEAVING, THE PRIME MINISTER HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT LONDON AIRPORT WHEN HE OUTLINED THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP.

    MR. WILSON OFFERED TO FLY TO RHODESIA TO CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS ON THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF RHODESIA AFTER SIMILAR DISCUSSIONS IN LONDON RECENTLY HAD PROVED FRUITLESS.

    THE RHODESIAN PRIME MINISTER HAS SAID HIS CABINET HAS ALREADY TAKEN A DECISION, BUT HE HAS NOT SAID IF THE DECISION INVOLVES IN UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WHICH THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT HAS THREATENED.

    MR. WILSON IS DUE IN SALISBURY TOMORROW EVENING (MONDAY).

    EARLIER TODAY MR. WILSON HAD A 15-MINUTE AUDIENCE WITH THE QUEEN. THE PRIME MINISTER'S VISIT FOLLOWS SHORTLY AFTER A ROUND OF DISCUSSIONS WITH MR. SMITH IN LONDON ENDED FRUITLESS.

    MR. WILSON AND MR. BOTTOMLEY ARE EXPECTED TO SPEND ABOUT A WEEK IN RHODESIA IN ATTEMPTING TO END THE DEAD DEADLOCK, AND AVERT A GRAVE SITUATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1XH0ZP6J3Z47NQFNDNN2CA5CE
    Media URN:
    VLVA1XH0ZP6J3Z47NQFNDNN2CA5CE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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