Britain's new Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington says the new Conservative Government has not yet made up its mind whether to recognise the new Zimbabwe-Rhodesia government.
LV INTERIOR: Lord Carrington (New U.K. Foreign Secretary) seated (centre) facing newsmen (2 shots)
SV AND CU: Lord Carrington replying in English to questions. (2 shots)
CARRINTON: "The situation about Rhodesia is this that we have made some statements and commitments in the Conservative Party manifesto issued at the time of the election and perhaps I might remind you of what we said. What we said was that the Conservative Party will aim to achieve a lasting settlement of the Rhodesia problem based on the democratic wishes of the people of that country. If the six principles which all British governments have supported for the last fifteen years are fully satisfied following the present Rhodesian elections. The next government will have a duty to return Rhodesia to a state of legality, remove sanctions and do its utmost to ensure that the new international state recognition. Well that commitment obviously stands and what we shall seek to do in the future is to, and in the near future is to meet and discuss with our friends and allies, the Commonwealth, the Rhodesians themselves, the United States and the EEC, these problems and I don't think at this moment I would care to take this any further.
REPORTER: "Can you see a Conservative Government at any stage enforcing economic sanctions against South Africa and if not are you then prepared to have the British representative at the U.N. exercise his veto?"
CARRINGTON: "The situation which you described would I suppose be more likely to arise if there was break-down in negotiations on Namibia and I very much hope that will not happen. It seems to me that the proposals made by the Secretary General of the United Nations are probably the most likely way of achieving a solution in that country. And certainly I would do everything in my power to make sure that those negotiations continued and I noticed that the South African government has not closed the door. It will therefore be the intention of this government to see that these negotiations continue and there will then be no question of economic sanctions against South Africa and I would therefore be unwilling after nine days to give hypothetical answer to a question which I will do my very best to see that doesn't arise."
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Background: Britain's new Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington says the new Conservative Government has not yet made up its mind whether to recognise the new Zimbabwe-Rhodesia government. He said the government is till awaiting a report on the Rhodesian elections from a team of Conservative Party observers. Lord Carrington was speaking at his first full press conference in London as Foreign Secretary on Monday (14 May).
SYNOPSIS: Lord Carrington said that the Anglo-American proposals for Rhodesia - that elections be internationally supervised and open to all parties - had now been overtaken.