Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith has said Rhodesia will face a fight to the finish with nationalist guerrillas if the bilateral government's plans for majority rule fail.
GV Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith and wife arriving in car at country club in Centenary township, gets out, walks into building.
GV EXTERIOR Troops on truck outside country club.
LV Frames with automatic rifles leaving pick-up truck.
SV Farmers and families arriving at hall followed by unarmed families. (2 SHOTS)
SV Farmer with automatic weapon on shoulder entering hall.
GV INTERIOR Smith talking to farmers.
CU Holster at waist of seated woman.
SV Smith speaking and audience listening. (3 SHOTS)
SMITH: "How can you guarantee an agreement and recognition when it means you've got to get other governments outside to agree with it? I believe there's a chance...I believe it's better now than it's been for a long, long time. At least, there is light at the end of the tunnel, a stronger light than we've seen for a long time, but I don't want to mislead you either. If there are people who don't tell you that Rhodesia is in a tight corner, they're misleading you. I think you all know that, don't you?"
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Background: Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith has said Rhodesia will face a fight to the finish with nationalist guerrillas if the bilateral government's plans for majority rule fail. He made this prediction on Monday (15 January) in the township of Centenary.
SYNOPSIS: Centenary is in rich tobacco growing country, about half way between Salisbury and the Mozambique border. Mr. Smith's visit was part of a campaign tour for a "yes" vote in the referendum on January the thirtieth, when the white electorate votes on the new majority rule constitution. Six years ago, an attack on a homestead near Centenary launched the guerrilla war. Of late, the area around here has been relatively free of guerrilla attacks.
The farmers are tense and worried. One location where Mr. Smith could expect to find hostility to the idea of black rule is the Centenary Country Club...where farmers, their wives and children gathered. There was an audience of around 150, bristling with sidearms rifles and automatic weapons. He said he had reason to hope that western powers would recognise the mainly black government, but if it ultimately failed they'd have to fight it out. It was impossible for him to guarantee success for the transition.