Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith said in Salisbury last week (13 March) that the "free world" should accept southern Africa as part of it.
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SV Cadets receiving award from Justice Minister Squires as others watch (2 shots)
GV Prime Minister Smith interviewed
DAVIS: "Mr. Prime Minister, President Ford has said that the United States must pay more attention to Africa. How do you envisage a possible future U.S. role in southern Africa, in southern Rhodesia particularly?"
SMITH: "This is the kind of news we like to hear in this part of the world. We wold hope that America is going to take a greater interest in southern Africa. We were certainly taken aback as a result of what happened in Angola for example. This made us wonder whether the free world was concerned about other parts of the free world and the Americans virtually, of I may use the expression, gave the green light to the Russians and Cubans to go into Angola. So this is very good news. And not only President Ford. I was pleased to see according to this morning's news that the British Prime Minister Prime Minister has made similar noises....
....if I may say so. So let us hope that the free world is beginning to realise that southern Africa is also part of the free world. A rich treasure house of minerals which I believe can serve a purpose as far as the free world is concerned. The alternative is that the free world steps back and allows this part of Africa to be taken over by the Communists and that seems to me to be something at all costs we should try to avoid."
CADETS ON PARADE GROUND: POLICE CADETS MARCHING FORWARD FOR AWARDS: JUSTICE MINISTER SQUIRES MAKING AWARDS: IAN SMITH INTERVIEWED.
Hundreds more police are being recruited in Rhodesia as the political and military situation in southern Africa worsens. In Salisbury on Wednesday 150 cadets attended a passing out parade in the capital, Salisbury. Meanwhile, Premier Ian Smith has said the "free world" should embrace southern Africa.
This film includes the interview with Mr. Smith by NBC reporter Neil Davis. A transcript follows.
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Background: 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.