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    There has been strong reaction in Rhodesia to the proposals reported to be part of the latest Anglo-U.

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    SV ZOOM INTO CU Man interviewed in street, Salisbury, Rhodesia.

    CU Another man comments to reporter.

    CU Another man gives his views.

    CU Fourth man speaks.

    CU Another man comments.

    CU Another man speaking.

    REPORTER: "Excuse me, what do you think of the Anglo-American settlement proposals?"

    MAN: "Well, I'm very dubious about them, in fact, because I think they are forcing us into a tight corner, and we can't extract ourselves - get ourselves out of it."

    REPORTER: "What don't you like about them?"

    MAN: "Well, I think they are very unfair. They are biased - people are making decisions for us without knowing a thing about what is going on here."

    REPORTER: "And the suggestion that there should be a United Nations peacekeeping force?"

    MAN: "Oh that's ridiculous - we can look after ourselves."

    REPORTER: "And the integration of the guerrillas with the security forces?"

    MAN: "That's ridiculous, because they know, the guerrillas....we keep peace, these people cause trouble."

    SECOND MAN: "Quite unacceptable."

    REPORTER: "The suggestion there should be a United Nations peacekeeping force--what do you think about that?"

    SECOND MAN: "Oh, quite out of the question."

    THIRD MAN: "I think our forces are quite capable."

    REPORTER: "The integration of the guerrillas with the security forces?"

    THIRD MAN: "Oh no way."

    REPORTER: "Why's that?"

    THIRD MAN: "No way. Well, how can you get a terrorist fighting with one of....our troops will never agree with it."

    FOURTH MAN: "All really that I would like to see is a peaceful settlement here, I mean I've been born in this country. I want to stay here."

    FIFTH MAN: "Yes I think (indistinct) good ideas"

    REPORTER: "Yes. And the integration of the guerrillas with the security forces?"

    FIFTH MAN: "Well that's quite a touchy sort of subject, and one wouldn't really want to commit himself, you know, the situation as it is in the country."

    REPORTER: "Would you be in favour of it though?"

    FIFTH MAN: "Yes."

    SIXTH MAN: "The British government are showing a complete pusillanimity in giving way to these bloody terrorists."

    REPORTER: "And the aspect of a United Nations security......"

    SIXTH MAN: "And the rest of them."

    REPORTER: "And the United Nations coming in as a peacekeeping force?"

    SIXTH MAN: "Well, it depends who they choose. We don't want a lot of Nigerians here obviously. But it wouldn't be a bad idea if they got, if they could get any sort of reasonable people."

    REPORTER: "It's been suggested that the guerrillas should be integrated with the security forces. What do you think of that?"

    SIXTH MAN: "Bloody awful. They ought to be hanged, the whole lot."

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    Background: There has been strong reaction in Rhodesia to the proposals reported to be part of the latest Anglo-U.S. plans for a peaceful settlement there. Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith has already rejected the proposals as they were reported in London and Washington. They are said to include a demand for the disbandment of the white-led Rhodesian armed forces, and the establishment of an international peace-keeping force. Here's some reactions from people in the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury.

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