The U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, and the British foreign Minister, Dr. David?
GV EXT U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and British Foreign Minister Dr. David Owen step down from aircraft and walk across tarmac in Salisbury, Rhodesia (2 shots)
MV PAN Demonstrators at side of road (2 shots)
GV Parliament house
GV Vance and Owen walking through grounds
GV Ian Smith and Bishop Muzorewa with other government officials
GV Cyrus Vance and Andrew Young (U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.), steps down from plane at Heathrow Airport, London (2 shots)
MV INTERIOR Andrew Young makes statement
VALERIANI: "This is the first time that an American Secretary of State has visited Rhodesia, which the United States has never even recognised as a country. But Vance said he was prepared to go anywhere to get Rhodesian pace talks started. On the way to the meeting place Vance and Owen drove past demonstrators opposed to including guerrilla forces in the new transition government. The new government planes to hold elections leading to black majority rule by the end of the year.. During the seven hour meeting with Prime Minister Ian Smith and the three black members of the governing executive council, Vance and Owen argued that a political settlement here cannot be lasting unless the guerrilla forces are included. While the Rhodesians argued that the new government should be given a chance to prove itself, Smith said afterwards that the new government will announce shortly whether or not it will meet with the guerrilla leaders.
BAKER: "The American Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, returned from the talks via Cairo, where he had talks with the Egyptian Foreign Minister. With Mr. Vance was America's Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young. The Americans say the internal settlement reached in Salisbury will not work and want to bring the Patriotic Front guerrilla leaders into the alliance."
YOUNG: "My feeling is that it was very important that Secretary Owen and Secretary Vance made that trip and talked personally to the authorities involved in the settlement and also made a trip to Dar ES Salaam to talk personally with the Patriotic Front and the Front Line Presidents, because it keeps alive the hope that there can be an end to the fighting and a political solution to the problem."
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Background: The U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, and the British foreign Minister, Dr. David Owen, met with the Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, and other coalition leaders in Salisbury for the more than five hours on Monday (17 April). However, the two left Salisbury without an agreement for an all-Rhodesia party conference. Mr. Andrew Young arrived in London en route to the United States. These reports from Rionard Valeriani of the National Broadcasting Company and Richard baker of the British Broadcasting Corporation.