The Rhodesian regime has taken further stops to crush the African guerrillas who have been operating along its borders.
GV PAN Rhodesian TV Building (2 shots)
SV PAN Ian Smith arrives, greeted and walks inside (2 shots)
SCU INT Smith speaking
SOUND STARTS: "Our hopes...."
SOUND ENDS: "...guard everywhere."
SMITH: "Our hopes and our wishes are to live in peace with all our neighbours, accepting the established principle that the internal affairs of any country are the business of that country alone and, whether the rest of us approve or not, we have no right to interfere. It is clear that after lying low for so long the terrorists have attempted to co-ordinate their efforts along a wide front and we have evidence indicating that there will be further actions. Last year they were given a warning that unless they stepped up their efforts their funds would be cut off. I wonder if the members of organisations which contribute to these funds are pleased with the results that have been achieved in Rhodesia over the last few weeks. In these circumstance it will still be some time before things return to normal. Meanwhile, we will have to be on our guard, not only in our border areas...but knowing the habits and intentions of terrorists we will have to be on our guard everywhere."
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Background: The Rhodesian regime has taken further stops to crush the African guerrillas who have been operating along its borders. Their activities have increased significantly since Christmas and the regime has tightened security in border areas.
Now, it has decided to give loyal African chiefs special powers to impose collective punishment on tribal communities which aid the guerrillas.
In a nationwide broadcast on Thursday (18 January), Rhodesian leader, Ian Smith, had warned that some pretty tough action would have to be taken against those who aided them. Mr. Smith accused outside interests of interfering in Rhodesian affairs and added:
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesian television studios in Salisbury, where the Rhodesian leader, Ian Smith, made a broadcast on Thursday about guerrilla activity along the boarders. He accused outside interests of interfering in Rhodesian affairs. He added......