The Southern Rhodesian constitutional talks - adjourned last December in London - were resumed behind closed doors in the Federal Assembly, Salisbury, Jan 16.
GV. Salisbury skyline.
CU. Sign Federal Assembly Building.
SV.PAN. Premier Sir Edgar Whitehead arrives enters.
SV.PAN. Mister A.R. Stumbles Ministers of Roads, Irrigation and Lands arrives.
LV.PAN. Mister Joshua Nkomo & his adviser Mister H.W. Chitepo arrive.
LV. Native Spectators.
SV.PAN. The Reverend N. Sithole arrives.
SV.PAN. Mister Gaston Thornicroft representing Coloured & Eurafrican Communities arrives and enters.
SC.PAN. Mister Metcalfe (UK) High Commission arrives.
SV. Native Spectators.
CU. Sign Southern Rhodesia Constitutional Conference.
SV. Delegates in Vestibule.
SCU. Mister W. Harper, leader of Dominion Party.
SV. Mister Joshua Nkomo, Mister T.G.Silundika, & Mister Nkala.
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Background: The Southern Rhodesian constitutional talks - adjourned last December in London - were resumed behind closed doors in the Federal Assembly, Salisbury, Jan 16.
At this preliminary stage the talks are under the chairmanship of Sir Edgar Whitehead, the Southern Rhodesian Premier, but later this month Mr Duncan Sandys, Britain's Secretary for Commonwealth Relations, will fly to Salisbury to resume chairmanship over a full session.
African representative in the Southern Rhodesian Parliament, and the franchise, are the two main subjects liable to cause trouble between the delegates. Mr. Joshua Nkomo, president of the National Democratic Party, told newsmen before the opening session that he intended to raise the franchise issue early in the talks. "Our view" done after the franchise question has been settled. "The false fears created by certain politicians in this country, that an African-controlled Government would have no place for other racial African-controlled Government would have no place for other racial groups, are imaginary and misleading," he said.
Mr. W.J. Harper, leader of the right-wing Dominion Party, said he was convinced that by the time the election, or referendum, that would follow the talks was over, "the country will be put back on a politically stable basis."