Lord Pearce has told Rhodesians that he hopes to present his Commission's report on public acceptance of the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals to the British government int he second half of April.
LV PAN..Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation building
MV Lord Pearce arriving and greeted and up steps
MV Broadcasting building, PAN to radio mast
CU Lord Pearce speaking
SOUND STARTS: "This will be a difficult task for us all..."
SOUND ENDS: "...into account".
LORD PEARCE: "This will be a difficult task for us all. It is quite without precedent, since nothing like it has been attempted before. Now I've got this opportunity to express gratitude to all those who have helped by coming forward and giving us their views. The response to out invitation has been overwhelming, and most impressive. Not only the politically minded, whose views we expected to hear -- but all sections of Rhodesian society have willingly presented their views. We are particularly grateful to the so-called silent majority, who have not let their views go by default. Many thousands of ordinary Rhodesians have taken the trouble to attend meetings, send delegations or write to us direct at our office. Not only has the level of response been impressive, but also the obvious sincerity and the cogency with which so much has been expressed. I regret that we've been unable to interview absolutely all those who offered to supplement their written statements, but their views will, of course, be taken into account".
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Background: Lord Pearce has told Rhodesians that he hopes to present his Commission's report on public acceptance of the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals to the British government int he second half of April.
The 71-year-old former Judge was speaking in a broadcast from Salisbury (pre-recorded March 9, broadcast March 10).
Lord Pearce is scheduled to return to London on March 11 to sift the mass of evidence, for and against the proposals, which his team has gathered since January 11.
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesia - where the man with the secret everyone wants to know arrives to speak to the nation. But Lord Pearce, head of the Commission testing opinion on Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals, is giving nothing away. He said he hoped his report would be ready in April -- then thanked Rhodesians for their help: