The new session of the Rhodesian Parliament was told on Friday (2 June) that the Government would continue to rule under the 1969 Constitution.
GV EXT. Parliament Buildings with flag. (2 shots)
SCU PAN Mr. Ian Smith enters.
CU Sign "Parliament of Rhodesia"
SV Chiefs enter house of assembly.
SV President Dupont arrives with mounted escort.
SV Crowd watches
CU PAN Flag to loudspeaker relaying Dupont's voice.
SV AND CU Crowds listen to Dupont. (4 shots)
Sv Rhodesian Air Force members on parade listening.
MR. DUPONT: "I realise that after all the efforts that have been made to resolve our differences with the British Government this result will come as a disappointment to all responsible and fair-minded people in Rhodesia. Nevertheless, we have overcome serious disappointments in the past and it is my firm belief that, despite the British Government's decision not to implement the agreement, the determination and the resourcefulness of the people of Rhodesia will assure the future well-being and prosperity of our country. Thus, it is my government's intention to continue governing in the terms of the present constitution".
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Background: The new session of the Rhodesian Parliament was told on Friday (2 June) that the Government would continue to rule under the 1969 Constitution.
The predominantly white parliament is to sit for three weeks, and the session is likely to be dominated by a post-mortem on the report of Britain's Peace Commission.
The commission's conclusion that a majority of Rhodesians do not favour the latest settlement terms agreed between the governments of Britain and Rhodesia was referred to by President Dupont in his speech to the new session.
SYNOPSIS: In Rhodesia a three week session of Parliament has opened -- with discussion likely to centre on the recently-published findings of the Peace Commission.
Mr. Ian Smith's Government has already strongly criticised the report - and just a few hours after the opening of Parliament, Mr. Smith flew south to Johannesburg for talks with South Africa's Prime Minister, Mr. Vorster.
Rhodesia's Parliament is dominated by white members - but it's reported some of the few African members will criticise Mr. Smith for refusing to hold a convention with the African National Council.
Britain's break-away colony still endeavours to retain the pomp that accompanied state openings of Parliament in the days before the Unilateral Declaration of Independence. Rhodesia's President Dupont was accompanied by a mounted escort when he arrived to carry out the task of opening Parliament - formerly the preserve of the Queen's representative.
Mr. Dupont's speech was relayed by loudspeaker to crowds outside. He referred to the result of the Peace Commission's investigation - a resounding "NO" from the majority of Rhodesians.