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    THE HEAD OF THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT, MR. ARNOLD SMITH, IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW IN LONDON?

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    MV MR. SMITH ENTERS BUILDING
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    2.
    MV INT. WALKS TOWARDS WOMAN SECRETARY
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    MV MR. SMITH
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    SV CHANDELIER
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    CU MR. SMITH INTERVIEWED (SOF)
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    REPORTER: "IS IT REALISTIC TO THINK THAT THE COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINSTERS CAN REACH A CONCENSUS ABOUT WHAT TO DO NEXT ON RHODESIA?"



    MR. SMITH: "WELL, I HOPE THEY CAN. THE POINT IS THAT THE PROBLEM IS THERE AND IT'S GOT TO BE RESOLVED. THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CYNICAL FOR LA LONG TIME ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH, AND THIS MEANS THEY ARE CYNICAL ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF HUMANITY CO-OPERATING ACROSS THE DIVISIONS OF RACE AND ECONOMIC DIFFERENCES."



    REPORTER: "SEVERAL OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES MUST FEEL DISILLUSIONED. AFTER ALL, WE WERE LED TO BELIEVE THAT ECONOMIC SANCTIONS WOULD TOPPLE MR. IAN SMITH QUITE A LOG TIME BEFORE NOW. WOULDN'T YOU THINK THERE IS SOME REAL DANGER OF THE COMMONWEALTH BREAKING UP OVER THIS ISSUE?"



    SMITH: "THERE COULD BE. BUT IF IT BROKE UP IT WOULD E DUE, I THINK, TO MISASSESSMENT. A FEELING OF LOSS OF CONFIDENCE IN THE SINCERITY AND DETERMINATION OF EACH OTHER TO CARRY OUT THE COMMITMENT TO END THE REBELLION AND MOVE RHODESIA FORWARD TO A JUST DEMOCRACY."



    REPORTER: "TO AVOID THE SITUATION, PRESUMABLY THE CONFERENCE WILL HAVE TO AGREE ON TOUGHER MEASURES AGAINST THE SMITH REGIME?"



    SMITH: "WELL, WE JUST COMPLETED A MEETING OF THE SANCTIONS COMMITTEE AND I DON'T PROPOSE TO DISCUSS ITS REPORT OF COURSE. BUT THE KEY POINT IS DETERMINATION TO GET RESULTS. NOW I LEAVE IT TO YOU WHETHER SOME FURTHER MEASURES WILL NOT BE NECESSARY IF RESULTS ARE TO BE GOT IN A REASONABLE TIME."



    REPORTER: "ASSUMING ZAMBIA REMAINS IN THE COMMONWEALTH IS THIS CONFERENCE LIKELY TO AGREE ON INCREASED AID TO PRESIDENT KAUNDA'S GOVERNMENT?"



    SMITH: "IT IS NOT REALLY A QUESTION OF AID TO ZAMBIA, IN THE ORDINARY SENSE OF THE WORD. IT IS A MATTER OF GIVING ZAMBIA ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF SUPPLY AND ESPECIALLY ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION ROUTES SO TO ENABLE ZAMBIA TO TAKE A FULL PART IN THE PROGRAMMED OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS. ZAMBIA IS RHODESIA'S NORMAL TRADING PARTNER BECAUSE OF THE INTER-DEPENDENCE OF THE TWO ECONOMIES WHICH WAS BROUGHT ABOUT IN THE PERIOD OF THE CENTRAL AFRICA FEDERATION."




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    Background: THE HEAD OF THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT, MR. ARNOLD SMITH, IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW IN LONDON YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) SAID THERE COULD BE A DANGER OF THE COMMONWEALTH BREAKING UP OVER THE ISSUE OF RHODESIA.

    MR. SMITH SAID, HOWEVER, THAT HE BELIEVED ANY SUCH BREAK WOULD BE DUE TO A MISASSESSMENT AND A FEELING OF LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE SINCERITY AND DETERMINATION TO END THE ILLEGAL INDEPENDENCE OF RHODESIA.

    MR. SMITH IS IN LONDON FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS CONFERENCE, OPENING ON SEPTEMBER 6.

    ASKED ABOUT ZAMBIA'S POSITION NOW BECAUSE OF SANCTIONS AGAINST RHODESIA, MR. SMITH SAID THAT TO ENABLE ZAMBIA TO TAKE A FULL PART IN THE PROGRAMME OF SANCTIONS ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION ROUTES AND SOURCES OF SUPPLY WOULD HAVE TO BE PROVIDED TO ZAMBIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA93ZW3ZGV4FZO5AGEK1GVZFPJE
    Media URN:
    VLVA93ZW3ZGV4FZO5AGEK1GVZFPJE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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