• Short Summary

    BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON AND MR IAN SMITH, HEAD OF THE ILLEGAL REGIME IN RHODESIA, TONIGHT (FRIDAY) STAYED ABOARD THE BRITISH CRUISER "TIGER" IN CHOPPY SEAS OFF GIBRALTAR TO CONTINUE THEIR SECRET TALKS AIMED AT SETTLING THE YEAR-OLD RHODESIAN INDEPENDENCE CRISIS.

  • Description

    BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON AND MR IAN SMITH, HEAD OF THE ILLEGAL REGIME IN RHODESIA, TONIGHT (FRIDAY) STAYED ABOARD THE BRITISH CRUISER "TIGER" IN CHOPPY SEAS OFF GIBRALTAR TO CONTINUE THEIR SECRET TALKS AIMED AT SETTLING THE YEAR-OLD RHODESIAN INDEPENDENCE CRISIS. BOTH LEADERS ARRIVED ON GIBRALTAR LATE LAST NIGHT UNDER A HEAVY SECURITY CLOAK AND BOARDED "TIGER" IMMEDIATELY. JUST AFTER DAWN THE SHIP SAILED OUT INTO THE TURBULENT WATERS OF THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN AND DURING TODAY MR WILSON AND MR SMITH HAD TWO FULL ROUNDS OF TALKS.

    TONIGHT THE "TIGER" SLIPPED BRIEFLY INTO GIBRALTAR'S OUTER HARBOUR AND WAS MET BY A LAUNCH THOUGHT TO BE CARRYING URGENT MAIL FLOWN OUT FROM LONDON THIS AFTERNOON. THERE WERE NO SIGNS IN THE DOCKYARD OR AIRPORT AREAS OF THE EXTENSIVE SECURITY PRECAUTIONS WHICH SURROUNDED LAST NIGHT'S ARRIVALS, AND THIS WAS TAKEN BY OBSERVERS TO INDICATE THAT THE TWO MEN WOULD REMAIN ABOARD THE CRUISER TONIGHT.

    REPORTS THAT PREPARATIONS WERE BEING MADE FOR THE TWO LEADERS TO LEAVE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WERE APPARENTLY BASED ON NEWS OF CATERING ARRANGEMENTS ABOARD THEIR AIRCRAFT ON THE LANDING STRIP. BUT, IN LONDON, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAID THE REPORTS WERE APPARENTLY BASED ON ROUTINE CONTINGENCY PLANS BY R.A.F. TRANSPORT COMMAND, AND THEY HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANY PLANS FOR MR WILSON TO RETURN EARLY TOMORROW.

    SHIELDED FROM THE GLARE OF PUBLICITY, THE TWO LEADERS WERE ATTEMPTING TO SOLVE THE RHODESIAN PROBLEM BEFORE BRITAIN'S DEADLINES TO MR SMITH WERE REACHED. FAILURE OF THE TALKS WOULD INEVITABLY MEAN BRITAIN GOING TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO ASK ALL MEMBERS TO IMPOSE SELECTIVE MANDATORY SANCTIONS AGAINST RHODESIA.

    THE FIRST DESPATCH FROM THE "TIGER" - VIA LONDON - SAID THE TWO LEADERS MET AT FIRST ACCOMPANIED ONLY BY BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY HERBERT BOWDEN AND RHODESIAN INFORMATION MINISTER JOHN HOWMAN. THEY TALKED FOR AN HOUR AND WERE THEN JOINED BY THEIR OTHER ADVISERS FOR FULL-SCALE DISCUSSIONS.

    IN RHODESIA THERE WAS APPREHENSION THAT MR SMITH'S ATTENDANCE AT THE MEETING INDICATED A RELAXATION ON HIS PART, WHILE AFRICAN LEADERS HAVE ACCUSED MR WILSON OF PLANNING A "SELL-OUT".

    MR WILSON'S DILEMMA IS THAT BRITAIN, IN HER OWN STRUGGLING ECONOMIC POSITION, DOES NOT WANT TO ESCALATE A TRADE SANCTIONS WAR WHICH COULD, IN THE END, BOOMERANG ON HER. SOUTH AFRICA, BRITAIN'S THIRD BIGGEST MARKET FOR EXPORTS, HAS ALREADY STATED FIRMLY THAT SHE WILL NOT IMPOSE TRADE EMBARGOES AGAINST HER NEIGHBOUR RHODESIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABCRA3LYUXNUK0UAHH3I9K9087
    Media URN:
    VLVABCRA3LYUXNUK0UAHH3I9K9087
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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