• Short Summary

    THE PRIME MINISTERS OF BRITAIN AND RHODESIA MET AGAIN TODAY (THURSDAY) AT LUNCH IN SALISBURY, CONTINUING THEIR EFFORTS TO FIND A COMPROMISE SOLUTION TO THE RHODESIA INDEPENDENCE CRISIS.

  • Description

    THE PRIME MINISTERS OF BRITAIN AND RHODESIA MET AGAIN TODAY (THURSDAY) AT LUNCH IN SALISBURY, CONTINUING THEIR EFFORTS TO FIND A COMPROMISE SOLUTION TO THE RHODESIA INDEPENDENCE CRISIS.

    IT WAS THE THIRD MEETING BETWEEN MR WILSON AND MR SMITH SINCE THE BRITISH LEADER ARRIVED ON MONDAY. EARLIER, MR SMITH ATTENDED FURTHER MEETINGS WITH CABINET COLLEAGUES, WHILE MR WILSON RECEIVED A 26-MAN DELEGATION OF THE PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF CHIEFS, REPRESENTING RHODESIA'S 20 CHIEFS AND HEADMEN.

    YESTERDAY, MR WILSON MET AFRICAN LEADERS JOSHUA NKOMO AND THE REVEREND NDABANINGI SITHOLE, AND ALSO SPOKE WITH FORMER RHODESIAN PRIME MINISTER, MR GARFIELD TODD, WHO HAS RESTRICTED ON HIS FARM LAST WEEK.

    DEMONSTRATIONS BY AFRICANS TURNED INTO A NEAR-RIOT NEAR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, WHERE MR WILSON WAS MEETING MR NKOMO.

    THE TROUBLE STARTED SHORTLY AFTER MR WILSON AND MR BOTTOMLEY BEGAN A TWO-HOUR DISCUSSION WITH MR NKOMO, FORMER LEADER OF BANNED ZIMBABWE AFRICAN PEOPLE'S UNION (ZAPU).

    MR. NKOMO AND A GROUP OF HIS SUPPORTER WERE FLOWN INTO SALISBURY IN THE MORNING FROM REMOTE RESTRICTION AREAS, AND WERE TAKEN IN TWO HELICOPTERS TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE. THE AFRICAN LEADER WORE A STRAW HAT, HAD HIS SHIRT HANGING LOOSE OUTSIDE HIS TROUSERS, AND HIS LEFT ARM IN A SLING.

    AS TIME FOR THE TALKS APPROACHED, A CROWD OF ABOUT 700 AFRICANS, INCLUDING WOMEN CHANTED "WE WANT NKOMO" AND "ONE MAN -- ONE VOTE". THE CHANTS OF MR NKOMO'S SUPPORTERS COULD BE HEARD PLAINLY INSIDE GOVERNMENT HOUSE. FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER, WHEN THE CROWD HAD SWELLED CONSIDERABLY. STRONG POLICE REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVED WITH ALSATIAN DOGS, AND STARTED TO DISPERSE THE AFRICANS.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS THEN MADE THEIR WAY TOWARDS THE CITY CENTRE, ABOUT ONE MILE AWAY. ABOUT 3,000 SURGED THROUGH THE STREETS BEFORE POLICE WITH DOGS BROKE THEM UP ONCE MORE. SEVERAL ARRESTS WERE MADE BEFORE THE SITUATION WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL.

    LATER, SEVERAL HUNDRED AFRICANS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE CITY'S SECOND-LARGEST HOTEL, WHICH HAS A MULTI RACIAL CLUB, IN THE MISTAKEN BELIEF THAT MR NKOMO WAS DUE TO LUNCH THERE. THEY WERE ALSO DISPERSED BY POLICE.

    MR WILSON HAD SEPARATE DISCUSSIONS WITH MR SITHOLE, LEADER OF THE ZIMBABWE PARTY, WHO ARRIVED AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE IN THE AFTERNOON.

    MR. WILSON STRESSED IN HIS TALKS WITH THE AFRICAN LEADERS THAT IF RHODESIA DECLARES INDEPENDENCE UNILATERALLY, HE IS NOT PREPARED TO USE FORCE TO BRING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. HE DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF AFRICAN NATIONALISTS, LED BY MR NKOMO AND MR SITHOLE, FORMING A COHESIVE OPPOSITION, WHICH WOULD ACT CONSTITUTIONALLY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAP6AM1BH6OERMX16I0Y7X88RK
    Media URN:
    VLVAAP6AM1BH6OERMX16I0Y7X88RK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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