The Geneva conference on Rhodesia has been adjourned until the new year with nationalist delegates predicting a deadlock situation.
GV AND SV: Beau Rivage hotel (3 shots)
GV PAN: Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith entering hotel.
SV: Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole and conference Chairman Mr Ivor Richard along corridor and into room.
TV AND CU: Mr Sithole speaking to newsmen
CU: Mr Sithole speaking
SITHOLE: "new our position is that during the interim period there are only two things -- one of which must be true, Either the interim government has all the power so that it can deal with external and internal threats effectively. Or, if the interim government doesn't have all that power then Britain must be prepared to play an affective colonial role that she played in relation to other ex-British colonies. Goodnight."
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Background: The Geneva conference on Rhodesia has been adjourned until the new year with nationalist delegates predicting a deadlock situation. The move followed a statement by the rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Iann Smith, that the conference would have to be adjourned if it rejected an agreement he made with the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, for the country's transition to black majority rule. The agreement would give the whites an effective veto power and control over the security forces in an interim multiracial government.
SYNOPSIS: While Mr. Smith returned to his hotel after more talks with the British conference chairman, Mr. Ivor Richard, the black African Rhodesian nationalists made their own position quite clear. The four nationalist teamsat the talks repeated they had totally rejected white veto powers and white control over the army and police in an interim government.
Nationalist leaders including he Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, also gave their views to Mr. Richard. Mr. Sithole returned to Geneva on Wednesday (8 December) after visiting the from line African states ranged against the white minority Rhodesian government and went onto Zaire and Nigeria.
Mr. Sithole later met newsmen and warned if deadlock persisted the United Kingdom must increase its role to find a just solution.