Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith, in his statement in Salisbury on Thursday (February 2)?
Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith, in his statement in Salisbury on Thursday (February 2) when he accused intimidators of forcing a 'no' vote from Africans against the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement, said he knew Africans generally SUPPORTED the settlement. Polls consulted before the arrival of Britain's Pearce Commission showed about 90 per cent of the African people wanted the settlement to taken place, he said the news conference. Mr. Smith did not, however, reveal any detailed of the polls he quoted.
On the issue of political leaders detained without trial during the work of the Pearce Commission -- testing the general acceptability of the proposed settlement among all Rhodesians -- Mr. Smith said it was the only way of dealing with what he called "an incredible situation".
SYNOPSIS: In Salisbury, Rhodesia, on Thursday Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith attacked alleged African intimidators...and said the Africans generally DID want to see a settlement of the Anglo-Rhodesian independence dispute.
Speaking at a new conference, Mr. Smith also answered questions about black and white political leaders who had been detained during the work of Britain's Pearce Commission, which is testing general acceptability of the proposed settlement.