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    MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DECLARED IN PARLIAMENT TODAY (MONDAY) THAT HE DID?

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    MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DECLARED IN PARLIAMENT TODAY (MONDAY) THAT HE DID NOT BELIEVE THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT WOULD EMBARK UPON THE 'DANGEROUS LUNACY' OF SEIZING INDEPENDENCE ILLEGALLY. HE WAS REPORTING TO A PACKED HOUSE OF COMMONS ONLY 18 HOURS AFTER HIS RETURN FROM A 13,000 MILES ROUND TRIP TO RHODESIA AND OTHER AFRICAN STATES.

    MR. WILSON TOLD THE HOUSE THAT A WIDE GAP STILL EXISTED ON TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE PROPOSED ROYAL COMMISSION TO SEE WHETHER A BASIS CAN BE FOUND FOR A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION FOR INDEPENDENCE FOR THE TERRITORY. THE PRIME MINISTER ADDED THAT THE BRITISH AND RHODESIAN GOVERNMENTS HAD YET TO AGREE ON THE CONTENTS OF A DOCUMENT WHICH THE COMMISSION WOULD PUT TO THE RHODESIAN PEOPLE - BUT HE REFUSED TO BE PESSIMISTIC.

    WHEN HE RETURNED TO TEN DOWNING STREET, MR. WILSON COMMENTED ON HIS REPORT. BEFORE MR. WILSON SPOKE HE WAS ASKED WHETHER THE PLAN FOR THE ROYAL COMMISSION WOULD CHANGE MR. SMITH'S VIEWS ON A UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA36MK9NQHJGPOG4R2394VJ3DU1
    Media URN:
    VLVA36MK9NQHJGPOG4R2394VJ3DU1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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