Rhodesia's Prime Minister, Ian Smith, will announce fresh plans soon to resolve the black-white political crisis in his country, Mr.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: PRYCE: "The nature and dimension of the threat remains substantially the same, although the numbers of trained personnel will change progressively as training courses are completed. It is certain that the (indistinct) have about 1800 fully trained men available, of whom about 500 are still in Tanzania, or in transit from there to Mozambique. Regarding tactics and the pattern of operations, it has remained fairly constant, with the emphasis of activity still on soft targets. The terrorists and their supporters are backing a sterile and a losing cause. They will be quashed by the combined sacrifice and effort of all the people who live there who value peace, law and order and progress. Depending upon the way Zambia reacts to the tremendous pressure to which she is currently subjected and if she is forced to these pressures, to topple over almost into the pro-Communist camp, then we expect, and some pronouncements have been made to this effect, an opening of the further terrorist front on the north-western border."
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Background: Rhodesia's Prime Minister, Ian Smith, will announce fresh plans soon to resolve the black-white political crisis in his country, Mr. Smith's security adviser, Mr. Ted Sutton-Pryce, told a news conference on Friday (9 April).
Mr. Sutton-Pryce said they would run parallel with "progressive implementation of our offensive policy in the security arena, involving military, civil and psychological action." But he gave no details.
He said the opening of a new guerrilla war front from neighbouring Zambia was possible. Such a new front, he said would force Rhodesia into a "partial general mobilisation".
Mr. Sutton-Pryce said black nationalist guerrilla forces totalled 1,800 fully-trained men, of whom about 700 were inside Rhodesia. The total was expected to increase as training courses were completed.
A political move had been expected from Mr. Smith following the breakdown in March of talks with nationalists seeking power for the country's six million blacks, who outnumber the ruling whites by 20 to one.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Ted Sutton-Pryce, the special adviser on security to Rhodesian's Prime Minister, has said the Premier, Mr. Ian Smith, is soon to announce fresh plans to resolve the political crisis in the country, He told a news conference in Salisbury on Friday the plans would run parallel with what he termed" the progressive implementation of our offensive policy in the security area, involving military, civil and psychological action."