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    Mr. Ian Smith and Mr. John Vorster, Prime Ministers of Rhodesia and South Africa, met?

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    Mr. Ian Smith and Mr. John Vorster, Prime Ministers of Rhodesia and South Africa, met in Pretoria on Saturday (9 August) for talks son the Rhodesian dispute.

    The leaders of Africa's two remaining white-ruled nations announced they had agreed on proposals but they declined to say what they were. They met newsmen briefly during their talks in Mr. Vorster's Pretoria residence.

    Asked what their feelings were on the withdrawal of South African troops from Rhodesia, they replied the question was too involved to answer. Mr. Vorster said the question covered old ground and was one reason why the talks were being held.

    A key issue of the talks was believed to be the deadlock between Mr. Smith and the African National Council (A.N.C.) over the site for a constitutional conference on Rhodesia's future.

    Mr. Smith wants the negotiations to take place in Rhodesia while the Nationalists insist on a foreign site.

    But the cautious wording of a communique released after their talks indicated that the proposals they agreed to were of a broader nature than simply the location.

    The statement said: "The Rhodesian and South African Minister had a very fruitful discussion on the whole Southern African situation and have agreed to proposals which, if implemented by all parties concerned, can lead to a settlement of the issues involved."
    It said further announcements would be made in the future.

    Mr. Smith and a party of ministers returned to Salisbury on Saturday, a day earlier than expect.

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