Rhodesians celebrated the sixth anniversary of their independence break with Britain on Thursday (November 11).?
Rhodesians celebrated the sixth anniversary of their independence break with Britain on Thursday (November 11). But ???at an official celebration party in Salisbury, the Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, warned against optimism in negotiations for a settlement with Britain in the protracted dispute over the declaration of independence -- held illegal by Britain and the United Nations. British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, meanwhile, was due to arrive in the Rhodesian capital on Monday (November 15) for final negotiations aimed at reaching a settlement. Both governments have publicly stated they will not waver on their own declared principles.
SYNOPSIS: Salisbury, Rhodesia... and official celebrations at the Prime Minister's residence to mark the sixth anniversary of the country's independence break with Britain. But official and public celebration tended to be subdued by the current negotiations with Britain to settle the protracted dispute over the independence break, which was declared illegal by Britain and the United Nations. These negotiations were reaching a climax as Rhodesians celebrated on Thursday.
Among guests at Prime Minister Ian Smith's party were Rhodesian President Clifford Du Pont and his wife. Mr. Smith later went on radio and television to warn Rhodesians against optimism in the current peace negotiations with Britain. He and the Rhodesian Government, he said, would not waver from their declared principles. Meanwhile, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the British Foreign Secretary, was due in Salisbury on Monday to bring the current negotiations to a climax. The British Government has also said it will not depart from its own stated principles.