• Short Summary

    The leader of Rhodesia's right wing National Party, Len Idensohn, described Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith, as a traitor for agreeing to meet with representatives of the African National Council in Victoria Falls on August 25.

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    GV ZOOM INTO CU Idensohn being interviewed
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    REPORTER: "Mr. Idensohn you referred to the Prime Minister as being a traitor, can you explain that remark?"



    IDENSOHN: "yes certainly, Mr. Smith has guaranteed this country to go under black majority rule, and, if you've got any idea what's going on in Angola, you'll see why I refer to him as a traitor."



    REPORTER: "What are your views on the Victoria Falls conference?"



    IDENSOHN: "As far as the moral take-over trend...pattern has been fixed it's the similar pattern that's been used by the communists. The communists force you to accept generous sections of the political group, in the case the ANC, they've now got international recognition and they've got recognition from Smith on the Rhodesian front, and this is the firm final act in a chapter of treachery, pure treachery."



    REPORTER: "Are you suggesting that South Africa itself is coming under communist influence as it had so much to do with getting the conference together?"



    IDENSOHN: "Anyone involved in the Victoria Falls conference is a traitor to the white man's cause in Rhodesia, in southern Africa and perhaps even in the world."



    REPORTER: "What would you have done instead?"



    IDENSOHN: "This is very difficult question to answer in one interview, but I would say that in the first instance one must never recognise terrorists, one must eliminate them."



    "And after you've eliminated them?"



    IDENSOHN: "Govern this country in the way that it has always been governed until such time as we recognise this evil group of murders known as the terrorists."



    REPORTER: "What are your views on the concept of majority rule in Rhodesia?"



    IDENSOHN: "The concept of majority rule in Rhodesia is out as far as I'm concerned. I could go on and give you all sorts of classical examples, with Angola right now as one of the main points why I stand against majority rule."



    REPORTER: "Do you think Rhodesia is going to go towards majority after the Victoria Falls conference?"



    IDENSOHN: "The Rhodesian front are very firm and very fixed in the desire to hand us over to majority rule."



    Rhodesia's National Party Leader Len Indensohn has called Prime Minister Ian Smith a traitor for agreeing to take part in the Victoria Falls with African National Council...scheduled to take place on 25 August




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    EDITOR'S PLEASE NOTE: This film is serviced with an interview with Mr. Idensohn. A transcript follows:-

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The leader of Rhodesia's right wing National Party, Len Idensohn, described Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith, as a traitor for agreeing to meet with representatives of the African National Council in Victoria Falls on August 25.

    In an interview on Thursday (14 August) Mr. Idensohn said mr. smith was taking part in an act of "pure treachery".

    He said that anyone who was involved in the Victoria Falls conference was"a traitor to the white man's cause in Rhodesia, southern African and perhaps even the world."
    Mr. Idensohn said, "one must never recognise terrorists, one must climate them."
    The National Party leader cited the current situation in Angola as his reason for being against any form of majority rule in Rhodesia.

    He added that the "normal take-over trend pattern has been fixed in Rhodesia...a pattern always used by the communists."

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    Film ID:
    VLVABJXMRWIK7WYZZCG4MOVY3GH9N
    Media URN:
    VLVABJXMRWIK7WYZZCG4MOVY3GH9N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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