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    Britain's Opposition leader, Mr. Harold Wilson, told a British television audience on Monday that he?

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    CU Reporter Robin Day

    CU Wilson speaks

    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: WILSON: "I believe these terms are wrong, I believe they - although they might be by skilled lawyers and others assimilated within the words of the five principles, though not entirely, I believe they are contrary to the spirit of the five principles. I believe the Rhodesians will rat on them and if Mr. Heath doesn't -- Mr. Smith doesn't I mean -- and I've had some experience of his actions in the past, I think he'll be thrown out by some of his racialist extremists. When Lord Goodman said these are the best terms we could get he may be right. He's a great negotiator, I know that, and Sir Alec I think went to the full extent of his abilities and energies to get this. If these were the best terms we could get from a racialist regime, as it has proved itself, we should have refused them."

    INTERVIEWER: "Isn't the truth of the matter that Britain really is now powerless to do anything about these event so far?"

    WILSON: "No, not at all. I believe - we've read a great deal in reports in responsible British papers from Rhodesia that sanctions have been incommoding them, biting on them. If we couldn't get better terms now we should have waited another year or two. I believe we shall lose all our standing in a Commonwealth already shattered by the supply of arms to South Africa and I believe in a much wider world. If there are two countries cheering this one it is China and it is Russia. But if, as Sir Alec tells us -- as he did in the House -- that now the situation is such that we can't get better terms because of the number of years that have gone on, I must ask why he and Mr. heath and his party voted against our resolution in 1966 after Tiger. We condemned Salisbury for not accepting those resolutions and the Conservative Party ranged themselves in their vote with Mr. Smith and his crowd in rejecting those terms. I think that is a deep contradiction."

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    Background: Britain's Opposition leader, Mr. Harold Wilson, told a British television audience on Monday that he believes the terms of the Rhodesia settlement are wrong.

    And Mr. Wilson says he believes Rhodesia will not keep to the agreement.

    He says that if the Rhodesian leader, Mr. Smith, tries to abide by the terms he will be overthrown by racial extremists in his party.

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