• Short Summary

    LAST DITCH TALKS ON RHODESIA'S INDEPENDENCE COLLAPSED IN LONDON TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN BRITAIN IN TOOK A FIRM STAND ON MR.

  • Description

    1.
    CU.PICTURE OF MR. SMITH PAN DOWN TO....MR. SMITH BEING INTERVIEWED
    0.11

    2.
    CU.MR. SMITH
    1.25

    3.
    CU.AFRICAN VILLAGE SCENE PAN DOWN TO...3 AFRICAN M.P.s INTERVIEWED (SILENT)
    1.33

    4.
    CU. MR. PERCY MKUDO SPEAKS
    2.37


    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION (SEQ 1): "NOW THAT HE TALKS ARE OVER SIR, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?"



    ANSWER (SEQ 2): "WELL, I WILL NOW GO BACK TO RHODESIA AND MEET THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT AND MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHAT THE NEXT STEP WILL BE. I THINK WE HAVE MADE THIS CLEAR BEFORE THAT WE WOULD NEGOTIATE AS FAR AS WE COULD AND IF WE WERE CONVINCED THAT. WE COULD NOT GET ANY FURTHER WITH NEGOTIATING THEN WE WOULD HAVE TO CONSIDER THE NEXT STEP."



    QUESTION: "AND THIS COULD BE UDI."



    ANSWER: "WELL, IT WOULD SEEM THAT THIS IS THE MOST LOGICAL STEP BEFORE US. WE BELIEVE THAT IF WE ARE GOING TO RETAIN THE RHODESIA WE KNOW TODAY, THE WESTERN CIVILISATION THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED, IF WE ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN OUR INDEPENDENCE BY THEN WE HAVE GOT TO OBTAIN OUR INDEPENDENCE BY SOME OTHER WAY. I DON'T KNOW ANOTHER WAY THAN BY UDI A THE MOMENT."



    QUESTION: "HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT TO DECIDE A COURSE OF ACTION."



    ANSWER: "I DON'T THINK IT WILL TAKE US VERY LONG TO DECIDE A COURSE OF ACTION, WE'VE GOT A PRETTY GOOD IDEA FROM OUR STUDIES IN THE PAST AS TO WHAT THE PROBLEM IS AND I THINK MOST OF US HAVE MAKE UP OUR MINDS AS TO WHAT WE THINK WE SHOULD DO. I HAVE MADE UP OUR MINDS AS TO WHAT WE THINK WE SHOULD DO. I DON'T THINK THIS WILL TAKE LONG BUT WHAT MIGHT TAKE LONGER OF COURSE IS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS DECISION."



    SEQ. 4: MR. PERCY MKUDO SPEAKS: "THE VIEWS OF AFRICANS IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA ARE THESE THAT INDEPENDENCE FOR RHODESIA CANNOT BE NEGOTIATED SATISFACTORILY BY ONE SECTION OF THE POPULATION, MAINLY THE WHITE MAJORITY INDEPENDENCE SHOULD BE AGREED. ALL RACES CONCERNED IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA BUT AT THE PRESENT MOMENT WE HAVE MANY THAT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST AFRICANS JUST BECAUSE OF THEIR COLOUR AND THESE LAWS ARE UNACCEPTABLE TO THE AFRICAN PEOPLE. AND ALSO AFRICANS FEEL THAT THE LAND ACT SHOULD BE REPEALED AND THAT THERE SHOULD BE MORE REPRESENTATION OF AFRICANS IN THE HOUSE THAT WILL LEAD TO MAJORITY RULE."




    Initials JGS/V/WH/JG



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: LAST DITCH TALKS ON RHODESIA'S INDEPENDENCE COLLAPSED IN LONDON TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN BRITAIN IN TOOK A FIRM STAND ON MR. SMITH'S DEMAND FOR INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT CONDITIONS.

    MR. SMITH EMERGED FORM DOWNING STREET GRIM-FACED AFTER TWO AND A HALF HOURS TALKS WITH BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, MR. WILSON, MR. SMITH TOLD REPORTERS THE ONLY AGREEMENT WE HAVE IS TO DIFFER.

    AN OFFICIAL BRITISH COMMUNIQUE SAID "DESPITE INTENSIVE DISCUSSIONS, NO MEANS HAVE BEEN FOUND OF RECONCILING THE OPPOSING VIEWS NO FURTHER MEETING HAS BEEN ARRANGED."
    MR. SMITH IS INTERVIEWED
    MR. MKUDO A RHODESIAN AFRICAN M.P. IS INTERVIEWED, BEFORE THE SMITH-WILSON TALKS WERE ENDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4L99HWDUSOBO74KCFAFJQC7WA
    Media URN:
    VLVA4L99HWDUSOBO74KCFAFJQC7WA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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