British sanctions on Zimbabwe Rhodesia will lapse this November and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says she doubts whether the House of Commons will vote to renew.
SCU British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speaking in English
THATCHER: "No one questions that there is a majority of black Rhodesians in Parliament, a majority of black ministers in the cabinet and a black Prime Minister. Now starting from that basis, we believe that there is a possibility of getting some agreement on going forward, and I would say this very firmly, unfortunately there is still terrorism operating, we must make sure that the bullet doesn't beat the ballot. And that therefore those people who are still operating terrorism do not have a veto over any constitution whatsoever. But ultimately what we get in Rhodesia themselves want. Now it's in that spirit that we are trying to consult with all our Commonwealth partners, and some outside the Commonwealth and of course America on the best way of going forward. No there's not a strike time table for recognition, as you know President Carter has, uh, some, uh problems over resolution on sanctions, and British sanctions would lapse in November, and we doubt very much whether a renewal of sanctions would go through the British Parliament. That goes to sanctions, recognition is a slightly wider problem and could just take a little bit longer.
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Background: British sanctions on Zimbabwe Rhodesia will lapse this November and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says she doubts whether the House of Commons will vote to renew. Mrs. Thatcher was speaking in Canberra on Sunday (1 July) after talks with Australian Government Ministers on the problems of Zimbabwe Rhodesia and the forthcoming Commonwealth conference.