Britain's Pearce Commission arrived in London on Sunday (12 March) after finishing its two-month task of testing black and white opinion in Rhodesia of the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement terms.
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CU Pearce on arrival in London interviewed
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PEARCE: "I'm not going to discuss this thing beyond to say that I am satisfied we shall be able to give a fair and comprehensive report which anybody can see why we came to any conclusion which we do come to and there it is and that's the job."
REPORTER: "Do you see it as a matter of urgency now to produce this report?"
PEARCE: "I see it as a matter of getting on with doing as quickly as we can the job properly".
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Background: Britain's Pearce Commission arrived in London on Sunday (12 March) after finishing its two-month task of testing black and white opinion in Rhodesia of the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement terms. On Saturday (11 March), black demonstrators chanted a final "no" at Salisbury airport as members of the Commission departed.
The Commission, led by former British Judge Lord Pearce, tried to discover whether the settlement formula -- promising an end to a six and-a-half-year-old constitutional feud -- was acceptable to the people of Rhodesia as a whole.
Upon his arrival in London, Lord Pearce said that the report on his findings could be ready within a month. He said the Commission now had to assess the information they'd gathered while in Rhodesia. He also told reporters that he was satisfied the Commission could come up with a fair and comprehensive report.
He spoke to a reporter from the British Broadcasting Corporation.
SYNOPSIS: Passing through Salisbury airport on the way to London on Saturday were members of the Pearce Commission. They ended a two-month visit to Rhodesia to test opinion on the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement A number of Africans were on hand to chant a final "no".
The Commission, led by former British Judge Lord Pearce, tried to discover whether the settlement formula, which promises an end to a six-and-a-half-year-old constitutional feud, was acceptable to all Rhodesians. Under the terms for settling the Anglo-Rhodesian dispute, which was triggered when the British colony unilaterally declared independence in 1965, Rhodesia would get legal independence under a white minority government -- with majority rule the eventual role.
There was mass opposition to the terms of the proposals among Rhodesia's Africans, and violence broke out soon after the Commission's arrival. The newly-formed African National Congress was held responsible. Upon arriving in London on Sunday, Lord Pearce was asked about his job.
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"I'm not going to discuss......"
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"....the job properly".
Lord Pearce hopes the report will be ready in a month. Either way, it's reported difficulties lie ahead as a "no" may anger whites and a "yes" might anger blacks.