GIBRALTAR PEACE TALKS BETWEEN RHODESIA PRIMIER SMITH AND BRITISH PREMIER WILSON COLLAPSE: WILSON AND SMITH ATTEND CHURCH SERVICE ATTEND CHURCH SERVICE ABOARD 'FEARLESS', BEFORE TALKS BREAK-UP.
MS Smith arrives at service. Seated (2)
MS Wilson arrives: Seated
MS British flag: pan to congregation singing. Smith Wilson.
CU Wilson listening to reading; Pan to Smith.
MS Wilson leaves service
MS Smith leaves service shakes hands with ministre.
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Background: GIBRALTAR PEACE TALKS BETWEEN RHODESIA PRIMIER SMITH AND BRITISH PREMIER WILSON COLLAPSE: WILSON AND SMITH ATTEND CHURCH SERVICE ATTEND CHURCH SERVICE ABOARD 'FEARLESS', BEFORE TALKS BREAK-UP.
Gibraltar: 13th OCT:
Angle-Rhodesian peace talks collapsed on Sunday night (Oct 13th) after four days of concerted negotiation between Rhodesian Premier, Ian Smith and British Premier Harold Wilson. Mr Smith was expected to return home on Sunday night and in a snatched interview with the world press he tell newsmen' I cannot see any reason for quick resumption of the talks-or indeed any resumption'.
The end to the negotiations came at 5.30 (British Time) when Mr Smith gave his answer to a new document handed to him by Mr Wilson on Sunday morning. The document set out the precise terms on which Britain was prepared to settle with Rhodesia. Mr Smith said 'No'.
Smith told reporters that 'from the moment we arrive 'there had been a gap and negotiations had been to see how successful he and Wilson would be in bridging the gap. 'Well, we have tried and tried and tried and tried 'he said' and we have never been successful. Very often at the end of such negotiations you find there is a breakthrough... but in all honesty, even now at the end there certainly has been no dramatic breakthrough', Mr Smith added.
(FEARLESS SERVICE: POOL: LNO 6932).
SUNDAY MORNING PRIOR TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ANGLO-RHODESIAN TALKS HAD CRUMBLED:
Gibraltar. 13th Oct 1968: On Sunday morning Mr Wilson and Mr Smith went to a church service held aboard 'HMS FEARLESS'. Between the two Premiers sat the two Captains of vessels which have been used for the talks. It was just before Mr Wilson presented Mr Smith with a last-ditch document which brought an abrupt halt to the discussions with a flat refusal by Smith to accept to proposals embodied in it. After the two leaders had said a prayer and listened to the sermon; they song the hymn 'Lead us Heavenly Father-lead us'.
SATURDAY ANGLO-RHODESIAN TALK SITUATION: (FILM) (LNO6927. TALKS SATURDAY) (POOL)
Late on Saturday (Oct 12th) there were signs that on enormous gulf separated the British and Rhodesian negotiators in their crucial consultations. Talks between Wilson and Smith were carried on into the early hours of Sunday morning aboard 'Fearless' with little sign of agreement. The two leaders launched the days proceedings with a twenty-minute tete a tete. First there was a seventy-minute exchange of views then in the afternoon there was a further two-hour session. Before the morning talks the Rhodesian team went into a huddle and asked for an hour's delay. Then Mr Wilson and Mr Smith met and were later joined by Mr Thompson (on the British side) and Sir Elwyn-Jones, Attorney-General. Smith brought in his ministers to join the party. After the session Smith and Wilson had drinks together before retiring to their own wardrooms for lunch.
LEAD IN: Anglo-Rhodesian peace talks collapsed on Sunday night (Oct 13th) after four days of concerted negotiations between Rhodesian Premier Ian Smith and British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson.
UP SOUND ON FILM:
On Sunday morning Mr Wilson and Mr Smith went to a church service aboard 'HMS Fearless'. It was just before Mr Wilson had presented Mr Smith with a 'last-ditch' document which brought an abrupt balt to the discussions with a flat refusal by the Rhodesian leader to accept the proposals outlined in it. Mr Smith was the first to arrive at the service.
Mr Wilson arrived shortly afterwards. Between the two leaders sat the two Captains of the vessels which have been used for the talks. After the congregation had said a prayer they sang the hymn 'Load us Heavenly Father-lead us'.
(SOF CONGREGATION SINGS)
The mood of the morning was very much in contrast to that of the evening when the collapse of the talks was announced. Mr Smith was expected to return to Rhodesian on Sunday night. In a snatched interview he said ' I cannot see any reason for a quick resumption of the talks-or indeed any resumption'.