White Rhodesians have celebrated the 13th anniversary of the country's unilateral declaration of independence from Britain.
CU ZOOM OUT Premier Ian Smith autographing girls' T-shirts
SV Black bandsmen playing
SV Ian Smith and wife Janet dancing among others
SV Woman listening to Mr. Smith speaking in English
SV Audience applaud
SV Smith rings Liberty Bell
SMITH: "Looking to the future, if the time comes when the future government of this country, rightly and democratically elected, decides on a particular day as their day of special national significance, call it Independence Day or whatever they will, I believe that I will be able to freely and willingly acknowledge that day, and I'm sure that goes for the rest of you who are here this evening.
Mr. Smith accused Britain and America of procrastination. "I say to the U.S. and British governments", he told his audience, "that after all the hullabaloo that they have been making about this all-party conference, if they continue to dilly-dally as they have been doing now, the opportunity before them will slip past". During the delay he said, the transitional government would bring in its majority rule constitution and the die would be cast for the country's future.
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Background: White Rhodesians have celebrated the 13th anniversary of the country's unilateral declaration of independence from Britain. Five hundred people attended a ball in Salisbury with white leader Ian Smith. In a speech, he warned the British and American governments that time was running out for a negotiated settlement between his transitional government and the Patriotic Front guerrilla movement.
SYNOPSIS: There was a festive atmosphere a the ball as Mr. Smith signed autographs for admirers - although there may not be another chance to celebrate the colony's illegal breakaway.
Entertained by a band of black musicians, Ian Smith and his wife Janet danced among some of the other 500 whites at the ball. Each couple had paid 35 U.S. dollars to attend, with the proceeds going to a charity for disabled soldiers. Then Mr. Smith addressed the audience.
To do anything otherwise would, I think be unintelligent and negative, and I believe it would be contrary to all the principles of democracy that we have always stood for and fought for".
After his speech, there was the ceremonial ringing of the Liberty Bell.
Mr. Smith rang the bell 12 times to usher in midnight then proposed a toast to the country's white-led troops.