Day long talks between the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and the?
Day long talks between the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and the Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, ended on Sunday (19 September) with hopes of a peaceful settlement of the Rhodesian question. Mr. Smith has now returned to Salisbury to in the South African capital, Pretoria.
SYNOPSIS: The unprecedented talks between Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Smith began at the American Embassy. Some black African heads of state has questioned the wisdom of the Secretary of State talking to the rebel Rhodesian Prime Minister. They argued to do so would lend credibility to his regime in the eyes of the world. However, Dr. Kissinger said latter that he felt Mr. Smith had reacted favourably to his proposals for peace.
Dr. Kissinger is also in Pretoria to discuss the future of Namibia (South West Africa) but Sunday's talks centre' on Rhodesia. South African Prime Minister, Dr. John Vorster, couldn't attend the embassy talks. But the three men met together later in the day after dr. Kissinger briefed reporters on the earlier meeting.
Asked by Reuters whether his statement of "favourable reaction" signalled a breakthrough, Dr. Kissinger replied, "I think my statement speaks for itself". However, neither Dr. Kissinger nor Mr. Smith made any comment on details of their discussions and whether agreement had been reached on black majority rule.