• Short Summary

    CRUCIAL TALKS BEGIN TOMORROW (MONDAY) BETWEEN MR. IAN SMITH, SOUTHERN RHODESIA'S PRIME MINISTER AND SIR?

  • Description

    1.
    GV TO SV & CU MR IAN SMITH DOWN PLANE STEPS
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    2.
    SV NEWS CONFERENCE
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    3.
    GV MR SMITH WITH INTERVIEWER
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    4.
    CU MR IAN SMITH QUESTIONED
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    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: IF THESE TALKS ARE UNSUCCESSFUL ARE YOU PREPARED TO PRESENT AN ULTIMATUM TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ABOUT UNILATERAL INDEPENDENCE?



    (SEQ. 4): MR SMITH: NO. I DON'T THINK THAT WOULD BE THE COURSE IF THE DISCUSSIONS ARE UNSUCCESSFUL. WE WOULD GO BACK TO SOUTHERN RHODESIA, AND AS I HAVE MANY TIMES, I SET THE PROS AND CONS OF THE WHOLE ISSUE BEFORE THE ELECTORATE OF SOUTHERN RHODESIA AND THEY WILL MAKE THE DECISION. IT IS NOT A DECISION THAT I, AND I ALONE, CAN MAKE. THE SOUTHERN RHODESIANS WILL DECIDE AND THEY WILL BE THE PEOPLE TO WHOM I SHALL COMMUNICATE.



    QUESTION: WHAT SUPPORT IN THIS STAND HAVE YOU GOT FROM THE PORTUGUESE GOVERNMENT AND DOCTOR SALAZAR?



    MR SMITH: WELL, SPECIFICALLY ON A UNILATERAL DECLARATION, I HAVEN'T DISCUSSED THIS WITH DR SALAZAR. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT WE HAVE VERY GOOD FRIENDS IN THE PORTUGUESE, AND THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN OUR FRIENDS BECAUSE OF OUR VERY CLOSE ASSOCIATIONS WITH THEM, MAINLY IN MOZAMBIQUE - WHICH AS YOU KNOW BORDERS SOUTHERN RHODESIA - AND OUR TWO MAIN PORTS ARE SITUATED IN MOZAMBIQUE. WE'VE ALWAYS HAD THE MOST AMICABLE RELATIONS WITH THEM. AND IF THIS VISIT OF MINE HAS DONE ANYTHING TO CEMENT RELATIONS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THEM.



    QUESTION: BUT YOU HAVE NOTHING CONCRETE FROM THEM SO FAR?



    MR SMITH: I DIDN'T TRY TO GET ANYTHING CONCRETE ON THE QUESTION OF UNILATERAL DECLARATION BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T YET DECIDED THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS. WE HOPE WE CAN NEGOTIATE.




    Initials DE/V/MGT/SGM



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    Background: CRUCIAL TALKS BEGIN TOMORROW (MONDAY) BETWEEN MR. IAN SMITH, SOUTHERN RHODESIA'S PRIME MINISTER AND SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME, THE BRITISH PREMIER, ON THE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE OF SOUTHERN RHODESIA'S INDEPENDENCE. MR. SMITH ARRIVED AT LONDON AIRPORT TONIGHT IN A CONCILIATORY MOOD. HIS GOVERNMENT HAD THREATENED TO TAKE UNILATERAL ACTION TO GET INDEPENDENCE IN DEFIANCE OF BRITAIN IF THE LONDON NEGOTIATIONS BROKE DOWN. MR. SMITH HIMSELF HAD DESCRIBED THE LONDON TALKS AS A FINAL BID. AT THE AIRPORT THIS EVENING, HOWEVER, THE SOUTHERN RHODESIAN PREMIER EMPHASISED THAT HE HAD NOT COME TO DEMAND BUT TO NEGOTIATE. HE SAID THAT A UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WOULD BE A "LAST DITCH STAND". HE SAID "I HAVE GOT MY IDEAS AND I WILL PUT THEM TO THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER."
    MR. SMITH WAS INTERVIEWED SOON AFTER LANDING AT THE AIRPORT:
    (IN PREPARATION FOR TOMORROW'S TALKS, SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME HAS HAD DISCUSSIONS THIS WEEKEND WITH THREE OF HIS SENIOR CABINET MINISTERS. THE THREE MINISTERS, MR DUNCAN SANDYS - THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, LORD DILHORNE - THE LORD CHANCELLOR, AND MR JOHN BOYD - CARPENTER - CHIEF SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, MET THE PRIME MINISTER AT HIS COUNTRY RESIDENCE, CHEQUERS.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6FPDURK0QO5FM7ZR5I2YGXOO
    Media URN:
    VLVA6FPDURK0QO5FM7ZR5I2YGXOO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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