In South Africa on Monday (9 January), Britain's Rhodesia Peace envoy, Lord Carver, said he did not think Premier Ian Smith's attempts at an internal settlement with black nationalist leaders would bring peace to Rhodesia.
GV Lord Carver arrives at Union building in Pretoria (2 shots)
CU & GV Lord Carver and South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha talking
SCU Pik Botha talks to newsmen in English
GV & CU Lord Carver at news conference
SCU Lord Carver addresses news conference in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: BOTHA: "Lord Carver and myself had a useful exchange of views on the Rhodesian situation and I have nothing to add to that. Thank you."
CARVER: "We don't think that any agreement that does not involve all the parties concerned in this business is likely to be accepted internationally, is likely to be lasting, or will bring about an end to the war. I would remind you that my initial Security Council Resolution 415, and my initial setting off on this journey...one of the principal aims at the start was to try and see if there was not a possibility of a ceasefire to bring the war to an end. We don't believe that a settlement which didn't involve all the parties concerned is likely to be accepted internationally. And this is a very important aspect of it. It brings sanctions to an end and the settlement would last, and it would last, and it would bring the war to an end. And all these are very important."
Lord Carver later left for Botswana where he briefed Government officials on the progress of the Anglo-American initiative before flying on to London. Botswana, like Mozambique, is one of the five so-called "front-line states" pressing for a Rhodesian solution.
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Background: In South Africa on Monday (9 January), Britain's Rhodesia Peace envoy, Lord Carver, said he did not think Premier Ian Smith's attempts at an internal settlement with black nationalist leaders would bring peace to Rhodesia. Lord Carver, who is Britain's Resident Commissioner-Designate for Rhodesia, made his comment after talks on the Rhodesian problem with the South African Foreign Minister, Mr. Pik Botha.
SYNOPSIS: Lord Carver arrived in the South African administrative capital of Pretoria after two days of talks in Mozambique with President Samora Machel. The aim of those talks was the same as his discussions in South Africa.... to restore momentum to the joint British and American plan for a constitutional settlement in Rhodesia.
In his talks Lord Carver briefed Mr. Botha about progress so far on the Anglo-American proposals and told him that they had received a wide measure of agreement among all the parties concerned. In return Mr. Botha gave him South Africa's view on the future of Rhodesia but was unwilling to share the details with reporters.
Lord Carver was more talkative. He told reporters that Ian Smith's internal talks were distracting people and that any settlement needed the support of the Patriotic Front guerrillas.