The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, has flown home from Switzerland with the Geneva Conference on Rhodesia in deadlock.
SV Rhodesia Conference Chairman Ivor Richard of Britain out of car and walking towards building - Geneva, Switzerland
CU Richard addressing newsmen
SV Rhodesian nationalist leader Reverend Ndabaningi Sitehole interviewed
SV Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith our of car and entering building
CU Smith addressing newsmen
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "The only thing left now is for the British Chairman to declare the conference adjourned. Mr. Ivor Richard returned from London in mid afternoon and he had this to say about the status of the conference now."
RICHARD: "I think having now gathered in all the opinions of all the delegations, I think it is now for the Untied Kingdom to consider those views very seriously and indeed come up with some new ideas. The use of British troops in Rhodesia I would have thought was a possibility so far at the extreme of implausibility that one ought to rule it out."
REPORTER: "As far as you're concerned, the conference is about to collapse?"
SITHOLE: "As far as I'm concerned, yes."
REPORTER: "And where do you see it going on from there?"
SITHOLE: "Well as far as the African nationalists go this means a more intensified armed struggle. It would seem to me that Mr. Smith is lightly dealing with us. He doesn't seem to understand the depth of our seriousness when we say we demand majority rule in Zimbabwe. And since he doesn't seem to understand our seriousness, the depth of our commitment to the liberation of Zimbabwe, it means we have got to make him see it. And the only way of making him see it is to intensify the armed struggle more than we have done in the past."
Mr. Smith met Mr. Richard for discussion of Britain's current position. The Rhodesian Prime Minister was asked by newsmen if he was abandoning the conference.
SMITH: "There's no question of me abandoning the conference. You know I went away before back to Rhodesia. I've got things to do and I have a very able delegation which I leave here. Two Ministers and high ranking government officials. So any thought of abandoning the conference doesn't come into the thinking of the Rhodesian government. I want to make that clear. I came here basically to see if I could get the conference back on the rails. I can't say I've meet with a great deal of success. But I think it is a possibility, what has transpired over the last weekend, I think may be the next few days or maybe the next few weeks might prove, I don't want to put it stronger than that, might prove that things are going to change for the better.
Nationalist guerrillas shot dead two African civilians and a coloured (mixed race) Rhodesian soldier in attacks inside African townships in the Rhodesian town to Bulawayo, a security fore communique announced on Sunday (12 December).
BRENDAN FARROW & ROBERT ELPHICK
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Background: The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, has flown home from Switzerland with the Geneva Conference on Rhodesia in deadlock. Now, black nationalist leader Ndabaningi Sithole says guerrilla activity in Rhodesia should be intensified. But hopes that Britain would send troops to give support to a black interim government before final majority rule, were lost on Sunday (12 December) when the Conference Chairman, Ivor Richard, returned to Geneva. He'd been back to London to consult his superiors. A reporter in Geneva takes up the story.