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    THE RHODESIAN LEADER, MR. IAN SMITH COMPLETED THE SECOND DAY OF TALKS YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) WITH?

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    SMITH AND HIS PARTY ON BOARD H.M.S. KENT; MR. DESMOND LARDNER-BURKE; THOMSON AND HOWMAN TALKING; SIR ELWYN JONES; SMITH.




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    Background: THE RHODESIAN LEADER, MR. IAN SMITH COMPLETED THE SECOND DAY OF TALKS YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON WITH A ROUND OF DRINKS AND CONVERSATION ABROAD THE H.M.S. KENT, THE SHIP WHICH IS SERVING AS HIS QUARTERS FOR THE DURATION OF THE CONFERENCE.

    AMONG THE MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH AND RHODESIAN PARTIES PRESENT WERE MR. SMITH'S JUSTICE MINISTER, MR. DESMOND LARDNER-BURKE AND THE RHODESIAN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, MR. JACK HOWMAN. ALSO PRESENT WERE MR. GEORGE THOMSON, THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY AND SIR ELWYN JONES, THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL.

    MR. WILSON AND MR SMITH FINISHED YESTERDAY'S DISCUSSIONS WITH A THIRD MEETING ON BOARD THE H.M.S. FEARLESS IN GIBRALTAR HARBOUR WITH A THIRD MEETING WHICH LASTED 105 MINUTES.

    THERE WAS NO SIGN OF PROGRESS IN THEIR EFFORTS TO BREAK THE THREE-YEAR DEADLOCK OVER RHODESIAN INDEPENDENCE. THE TWO LEADERS AGREED TO MEET AGAIN THIS MORNING (SATURDAY).

    EARLIER, MR. SMITH HAD ADMITTED THAT THE TALKS STILL FACE TREMENDOUS PROBLEMS.

    NEITHER SIDE HAS PUBLICLY DISCLOSED THE ISSUES STILL DIVIDING THEM BUT IT APPEARS THAT MR. WILSON HAD FAILED TO MOVE MR. SMITH TOWARDS ACCEPTANCE OF FUNDAMENTAL BRITISH CONDITIONS FOR A SETTLEMENT.

    COMMENTING ON STATEMENTS THAT THE GOING HAD BEEN TOUGH, MR. SMITH SAID IN A RADIO INTERVIEW "I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WAS AN UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE POSITION."
    HE SAID THERE WERE TREMENDOUS PROBLEMS, ADDING: "IT'S GOING TO TAKE US LONGER THAN WE ANTICIPATED WHEN WE CAME."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7KAB33CKZWUH85RDOQIMVCFIE
    Media URN:
    VLVA7KAB33CKZWUH85RDOQIMVCFIE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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