Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith said in Salisbury last week (13 March) that the "free world" should accept southern Africa as part of it.
Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith said in Salisbury last week (13 March) that the "free world" should accept southern Africa as part of it. Otherwise, he said the alternative could be that the Communist will take it over and "that seems to me something at all costs we should try to stop at all costs."
The Premier was speaking in an exclusive interview with NBC reporter Neil Davis in the Rhodesian capital as talks between the country's black and white leaders appeared to be reaching a crucial stage.
On Wednesday (17 March) delegations led by Mr. Smith and Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo held their longest session since the talks began three months ago.
Mr. Smith said he believed there was an even chance of reaching a settlement---providing Mr. Nkomo modified his demands for black majority rule.
Mr. Nkomo, leader of the African National Council's (ANC) internal faction, has said to abandon the objective of majority rule would render the talks meaningless.
Meanwhile, the recruitment of police personnel in Rhodesia has intensified. On Wednesday 150 cadets attended a passing out ceremony in the capital, Salisbury. Twenty women were among the recruits. The best graduating cadets received efficiency awards from the Justice Minister Mr. Hilary Squires.
The extra police come at a time when Rhodesia is tightening its internal security because of the current situation in Rhodesia.