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    AFRICAN DELEGATES WALKED OUT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN MR. HAROLD?

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    FILM (TRANSMITTED TO LONDON VIA SATELLITE) SHOWS: THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER WALKING TO THE ROSTRUM, AFRICAN DELEGATES WALKING OUT AMIC APPLAUSE FOR MR. WILSON, AND AN EXTRACT FROM MR. WILSON'S STATEMENT ON RHODESIA (SOF THROUGHOUT).



    TRANSCRIPT: WILSON: "IN ORDER TO SECURE THE RETURN OF THE RHODESIAN PEOPLE TO THEIR TRUE ALLEGIANCE AND TO CONSTITUTIONAL COURSES OF ACTION, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASK EVERY MEMBER OF THIS ASSEMBLY TO GIVE US THEIR FULLEST SUPPORT. ABOVE ALL, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEMAND THAT THE FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC MEASURES WE HAVE INSTITUTED ARE NOT FRUSTRATED BY THE NATIONAL OFF OTHER COUNTRIES SEEKING TOP EARN A SORDID PROFIT BY TRAFFIC WITH THOSE WHO HAVE DEFIED THE OPINIONS OF MANKIND. I KNOW THERE ARE MANY NATIONS REPRESENTED HERE, MANY OF OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS IN THE COMMONWEALTH, WHO HAVE CRITICISED US BITTERLY FOR NOT INVOKING THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE TO SUPPRESS THIS REBELLION, AND IT IS A SAD THOUGHT THAT IN THIS ORGANISATION, CREATED TO MAINTAIN AND ESTABLISH THE PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES, THERE IS A DEP DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN US ON THE QUESTION OF WHAT IS HELD TO BE OUR FAILURE TO SETTLE THIS MATTER BY WAR-LIKE MEANS. THEIR PASSIONS RUN DEEP AND EVERY ONE OF US UNDERSTAND THIS. BUT I SAY TO THEM WHAT THEY PROPOSE IS NOT THE WAY TO SETTLE THIS PROBLEM. WE SHALL NOT LET UP UNTIL RHODESIA HAS RETURNED TO CONSTITUTIONAL RULE. I BELIEVE, AND I HAVE SAID THIS MANY TIMES TO MR. SMITH, THAT IT IS A TRAGIC COMMENTARY UPON THE EUROPEAN RECORD IN RHODESIA THAT THERE IS NOT IN RHODESIA AS ELSEWHERE AN AFRICAN NATIONALIST MOVEMENT CAPABLE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SELF-GOVERNMENT AT THIS MOMENT. FOR ONE THING, IT IS TRAGICALLY DECIDED; FOR ANOTHER, IT HAS BEEN DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY OF PRACTICAL POLITICAL EXPERIENCE, AND IN PARTICULAR, OF MULTI-RACIAL CO-OPERATION. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT I HAVE HAD TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT SO FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED A RETURN TO CONSTITUTIONAL RULE WOULD NOT AND COULD NOT MEAN AN IMMEDIATE ADVANCE TO MAJORITY RULE. TIME WILL BE NEEDED AND TIME, AS I HAVE SAID IN LONDON AND IN SALISBURY, WILL BE MEASURED NOT BY CLOCK OR CALENDAR BUT BY ACHIEVEMENT IN WORKING WITHIN A MULTI-RACIAL RHODESIAN DURING A PERIOD IN WHICH THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT REMAINS IN AN POSITION TO ENSURE THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO GUARANTEE THE ADVANCED, THE UNIMPEDED ADVANCEMENT OF THE MAJORITY AND TO SAFEGUARD THE RIGHTS OF MINORITIES. THIS HAS BEEN DONE WITH SUCCESS ELSEWHERE IN AFRICA AND IT CAN BE DONE IN RHODESIA. MR. PRESIDENT, I RECOGNISE THE DEEP FEELINGS, THE PASSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ENGENDERED AMONG OUR AFRICAN FRIENDS. YES, I KNOW THAT WHEN SOME IN BRITAIN SAY THAT THE RHODESIAN EUROPEANS ARE OUR OWN KITH AND KIN THEY CAN REPLY WITH RIGHT ON THEIR SIDES THAT THEIR OWN KITH AND KIN OUTNUMBER THE EUROPEANS BY 20 TO 1. BUT THIS IS A TIME WHEN CALM, COOL COUNSEL ARE MORE LIKE TO SETTLE THIS ISSUE AND IT MUST BE MON THE BASIS THAT WILL AVOID CONFRONTATION AND CONFLICT ACROSS AFRICA". (APPLAUSE).




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    Background: AFRICAN DELEGATES WALKED OUT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN MR. HAROLD WILSON SPOKE ON RHODESIA.

    ONLY II OF THE 36 AFRICAN DELEGATIONS REMAINED IN THE HALL - MALAWI THE ONLY COMMONWEALTH MEMBER. MR. BURUDI NABWERA, OF KENYA, SAID: "WE ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THE INADEQUACY OF THE MEASURES TAKEN BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SO FAR TO Bring DOWN THE SMITH REGIME".

    IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE HEAD OF A MAJOR POWER HAD BEEN TREATED TO SUCH A SNUB AT THE U.N. BUT MR. WILSON LOOKED UNPERTURBED, AND SPOKE FOR 50 MINUTES ON SUBJECTS RANGING FROM DISARMAMENT TO WORLD TRADE. HE ENDED BY TURNING HIS ATTENTION TO RHODESIA:-

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8RFOEDDOZ0FE2EFIPC2I5Q64U
    Media URN:
    VLVA8RFOEDDOZ0FE2EFIPC2I5Q64U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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