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

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    GV No. 10 WITH SUB TITLE "THE PRIME MINISTER"
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    CU WILSON SOF
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    TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 2: MR. WILSON: "WHEN HE DOES WE'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO SEE WHETHER WE CAN REACH AGREEMENT ON THE DOCUMENT, THE RHODESIA GOVERNMENT AND OURSELVES, FOR A SUBMISSION TO SEE WHETHER MR. SMITH, BY THE 1961 CONSTITUTION AMENDED BY US PROVIDES A BASIS FOR INDEPENDENCE. THAT'S THE FIRST JOB. IF THAT FAILS THEN WE SHALL HAVE TO TRY WHATEVER HE MANAGES TO DO, A LONG TERM JOB OF RECONCILIATION. THAT IS THE PURPOSE I STARTED LAST WEEK AND THIS IS WHAT THE COMMISSION, WITH THE WIDER TERMS OF REFERENCE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT HAVE, AND I THINK IT CAN HAVE SHOULD BE DOING. NATIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE TELLING US HOW TO DISCHARGE THIS TRUSTEESHIP. WE ARE BEING PUSHED AROUND, OR THEY ARE TRYING TO PUSH US AROUND FROM EXTREME POSITIONS. WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE PUSHED AROUND - WE HAVE A JOB TO DO. I MADE IT QUITE CLEAR IN RHODESIA WE WOULD NOT BE PUSHED AROUND BY EUROPEAN EXTREMISTS OR BY AFRICAN EXTREMISTS, WE HAVE A DUTY TO DISCHARGE AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO TO TRY AND GET A CONSTITUTION. THE ONLY CONDITION IN WHICH I COULD SEE FORCE BEING USED IS IF, WHILE WE STILL HAVE RESPONSIBILITY ASSUMING NO UDI OR ANYTHING OF THAT KIND, IF THERE WAS AN OUTBURST OF DISORDER, MURDER, AGGRESSION, WHETHER IT CAME FROM AFRICAN OR EUROPEAN EXTREMISTS AND THESE THINGS CAN COME FROM EITHER SIDE, IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES WE MIGHT BE ASKED TO GO IN AND RESTORE ORDER AND IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES WE WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT AND THAT'S VERY DIFFERENT THING FROM WHAT WE'VE BEEN ASKED TO DO, SUSPEND THE CONSTITUTION AND USE MILITARY FORCE TO BRING ABOUT A CONSTITUTIONAL SETTLEMENT, WHICH IF WE DID WOULD NOT LAST."




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    Background: 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
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