• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH CRUISER "TIGER" RETURNED TO GIBRALTAR TONIGHT (SATURDAY) WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON AND RHODESIA'S MR IAN SMITH REPORTED TO BE ABOARD AND STILL TALKING.

  • Description

    THE BRITISH CRUISER "TIGER" RETURNED TO GIBRALTAR TONIGHT (SATURDAY) WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON AND RHODESIA'S MR IAN SMITH REPORTED TO BE ABOARD AND STILL TALKING. AFTER TWO FULL DAYS AT SEA OF GIBRALTAR, THERE WAS STILL NO OFFICIAL NEWS OF THE PROGRESS OF THE TALKS. MR SMITH WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE SENT A MESSAGE TO SALISBURY WHICH RESULTED IN THE ARRIVAL IN THE RHODESIAN CAPITAL OF MOST OF HIS MINISTERS FOR A CABINET MEETING. BUT THE MEETING WAS LATER POSTPONED. IN SALISBURY YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ABOUT 200 PEOPLE ATTENDED A UNITED SERVICE IN THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL AND PRAYED THAT THE TALKS WOULD LEAD TO HARMONY AND PEACE IN THE FUTURE.

    THE FIRST HINT OF A CLIMAX TO THE SECRET TALKS CAME AS POLICE LINED GIBRALTAR'S DOCKYARD WALLS AND ROADS THROUGH TO THE LOCAL AIRFIELD, WHERE FIVE TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT OF THE BRITISH ROYAL AIR FORCE WAITED. BUT THREE HOURS LATER THE POLICE AND AIR FORCE GUARDS WERE WITHDRAWN AMID REPORTS THAT THE TWO LEADERS WERE DINING AND STILL TALKING ABOARD THE CRUISER.

    SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, SOURCES AT THE AIRPORT SAID THAT ALL AIRCREW AND GROUNDCREW HAD BEEN STOOD DOWN AFTER BEING ON ALERT FOR MOST OF THE EVENING. THEY WERE SAID TO HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY WOULD NOT BE NEEDED UNTIL THE MORNING - INDICATING THAT MR SMITH AND MR WILSON WERE LIKELY TO BE LEAVING THEN.

    GUARDED BY MARINES ABOARD THE CRUISER, THE TALKS HAD BEGUN AMAD HOPES THAT A SOLUTION TO THE YEAR-OLD CRISIS MIGHT BE IN SIGHT. BEFORE LEAVING LONDON, MR WILSON ASSURED THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT THAT THE TWO COUNTRIES WERE WITHIN "HAILING DISTANCE" OF AGREEMENT. BUT THERE WAS STILL A CONSIDERABLE GAP TO BE BRIDGED.

    FAILURE WOULD MEAN THAT BRITAIN WOULD BE SOUND TO GO AHEAD WITH A REQUEST TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF SELECTIVE MANDATORY SANCTIONS AGAINST RHODESIA. BUT APART FROM LONDON ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE SCHEDULE THE DISCUSSION HAD FOLLOWED, AND COMMENT ON MEDITERRANEAN SEA CONDITIONS, THERE HAD BEEN NO HINT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE TALKS.

    A LATE REPORT FROM RELIABLE SOURCES IN GIBRALTAR SAID THAT MR IAN SMITH LEFT GIBRALTAR ABOARD A BRITISH ROYAL AIR FORCE BRITANNIA SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. A SMALL CONVOY OF CARS SPED FROM THE DOCKYARD TO THE AIRFIELD SOME FIVE HOURS AFTER THE "TIGER" DOCKED, BUT THERE WAS NO OFFICIAL WORD WHO THE CARS WERE CARRYING.

    MR WILSON WAS REPORTED TO BE STAYING ABOARD THE CRUISER TONIGHT, AND RETURNING TO LONDON TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7J31UHLAS8JB1THVCCSVA12QA
    Media URN:
    VLVA7J31UHLAS8JB1THVCCSVA12QA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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