Rhodesia has entered its third year of self-declared independence from Britain. The country's second largest?
Mr. Smith at ball; drinking toast; people sign visitors' book at Government House; home of the British-appointed Governor, Sir Humphrey Gibbs (SOUND ON FILM).
TRANSCRIPT: SMITH - "Let us keep our heads, let us keep calm. There is nothing dramatic that has happened in the last day or two. We are waiting now for the next move. But one thing has given me a certain amount of satisfaction and it is this: that as far as our independence is concerned it is something that is real, something that is genuine, something that is ours and ours alone as far as Rhodesia is concerned. And I am grateful that whenever I have to carry out talks on your behalf, dealing with Rhodesia and its independence, that I don't have to cavort around the boundaries of Africa consulting other people in order to make up our minds for us."
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Background: Rhodesia has entered its third year of self-declared independence from Britain. The country's second largest city, Bulawayo, was in carnival mood as Mr. Ian Smith attended a UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) ball. At the stroke of midnight last Friday night (November 10) he rang the independence bell to herald the start of the third year of UDI.
Mr. Smith told the 500 guests at the ball that there was no time limit to independence - "I think it is going to go on and on." He said that in 1967 Rhodesians were celebrating a far happier and more certain independence than they did in 1966. Mr. Smith made passing reference to the talks he had just concluded with the British Commonwealth Secretary, Mr. George Thomson, in Salisbury. He said he hoped that "we are going to work something out" to bring about a settlement.
But in a nation wide broadcast yesterday (Saturday) Mr. Smith accused Britain of subjecting Rhodesia to taunts and insults. He claimed that Britain had adopted cold-war tactics reminiscent of the Soviet Union.
Our film also shows people loyal to Sir Humphrey Gibbs the British-appointed Governor, signing the visitors' book at Government House in Salisbury.