Campaigning for Rhodesia's General Election ended on Tuesday (30 August) amid strong indications that Prime Minister Ian Smith and his Rhodesian Front Party would win a sweeping victory.
CU: Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith speaking in English.
LV: aircraft on tarmac.
SV: US Ambassador John Andrew Young preparing to leave. (2 shots)
SV: British Secretary Dr David Owen preparing to leave.
LV: Royal Air Force plane taxis away.
SMITH: "We have a lot of evidence indicated to us that no matter what people say publicly outside such as the British Government, such as the front line presidents, they are unable to go along with an internal settlement because it is in conflict with what the OAU has said. And don't expect them in public to do anything else. But through our channel of communications, using the few things we have in this world, we have been assured that if we can come to an internal settlement with the black political leaders and ourselves, that they will release a sigh of relief and welcome this. I think it is very logical for all our time we have been a thorn in the flesh of the whole of the free world. I can tell you that there are countries bordering us today and without giving any names, (indistinct) of my position, you know who I am talking about. There are countries bordering us today which are suffering more form sanctions on Rhodesia than we are in Rhodesia. And because of that position they are bankrupt. They would have broken the sanctions but don't expect them to say this in front of you.
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Background: Campaigning for Rhodesia's General Election ended on Tuesday (30 August) amid strong indications that Prime Minister Ian Smith and his Rhodesian Front Party would win a sweeping victory. The country's predominantly white electorate goes to the polls on Wednesday (31 August) and the results could affect the current efforts at an Anglo-American settlement for Rhodesia. In a speech at his final campaign rally Monday night (29 August) Mr Smith defiantly said he would never yield to black nationalist demands for one-man one vote or speak to the representatives of guerrilla organisations. These two points are expected to be put by the British Foreign Secretary David Owen and America's black envoy to the UN Andrew Young when they arrive in Salisbury for talks a day after the election. Mr Smith is speaking a mandate from the electorate to negotiate majority rule only with black nationalist living inside Rhodesia.
The main stumbling black is understood to be who should have control of the security forces during the transitional period. Rhodesia's white controlled army or the black guerrillas fighting it out for the last five years.
SYNOPSIS: Dr Owen and Mr Young who left South Africa for Tanzania on Tuesday (30 August) will be keeping a close eye on the Rhodesian results. So far there's been little progress in the current Anglo-American effort. The two men made no statement before leaving the airport in a British Royal Air Force jet. Both men held intensive talks with the South African Prime Minister John Vorster and his Foreign Minister Mr Pik Botha. Sources close to the Anglo-American team said there was little optimism after the talks that the latest initiative over Rhodesia could succeed.