In the latest Anglo-American initiative on Rhodesia, Field Marshal Lord Carver has been nominated as the Resident Commissioner-Designate.
In the latest Anglo-American initiative on Rhodesia, Field Marshal Lord Carver has been nominated as the Resident Commissioner-Designate. Aged 62, he is widely regarded as Britain's cleverest soldier since World War Two and his job will involve taking overall control of Rhodesia during the proposed period of transition to black majority rule.
Under the proposals put forward by British Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen and United States envoy Andrew Young Lord Carver would have full legislative and executive authority during a six-month transition period, following a ceasefire between the present Rhodesian army and nationalist guerrillas. Lord Carver has served in most parts of the world, but has never been to Rhodesia. As an officer and commander in the tank ???, he took part in many historic battles during World War Two and was decorated three times for gallantry. Until his appointment Lord Carver has been in semi-retirement, after his last job as Britain's Chief of Defence Staff.
SYNOPSIS: Following the announcement of his appointment Lord Carver spoke about the problems he might face at a news conference in London on Thursday (1 September).
Lord Carver was asked if, in view of rather negative comments from Rhodesian Premier Ian Smith, he was ever likely to take up his appointment.