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    Sir Roy Welensky, the former Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, has become increasingly outspoken in his criticism of the Smith Government in Rhodesia.

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    REPORTER: "Sir Roy, you said recently that you didn't think there was any chance of a settlement in the Anglo-Rhodesian dispute. Why was this?"

    SIR ROY: "What I in fact actually said was that I thought there would have to be something of a miracle for a settlement to emerge now. And the reason for me paying this was because of what appears to be an almost intransigent attitude of both the Rhodesian Prime Minister and the leader of the ANC. There seems to be almost no common ground whatsoever. Both of them have made public utterances and if one accepts the utterances as a clear reflection of their thinking, then there is no common ground. So therefore, you can't get an arrangement that is acceptable to the British Government."

    REPORTER: "What is the alternative?"

    SIR ROY: "The alternatives are fairly grim as I see them because if we do not get legal independence, then the choice becomes pretty clear -- whether one race or the other is going to go all out to dominate the situation here. The Europeans I should imagine would opt for some sort of apartheid. The Africans, I think, would want outright domination. My own feelings are very strongly that we should not, at this moment of time, consider anything else but accepting that there is still a possibility that some sort of multi-racial arrangement can work. The alternatives, as I've already said, are fairly grim."

    REPORTER: "Bishop Muzorewa, leader of the African National Council, recently said that white attitudes will have to change and that he doesn't feel that there is any possible chance of a settlement."

    SIR ROY: Yes, I think that only echoes my own assessment of the situation, that one had got to face up to the fact that agreement was reached between the governments. My own feeling has been, and remains that if Mr. Smith would sit down and talk to Bishop Muzorewa there is still a possibility that they can find some common ground."

    REPORTER: "Would a referendum by of any assistance?"

    SIR ROY: "Well, of course the term referendum can only really apply to the people on the voting roll, and the Europeans have already indicated fairly solidly that they support the Prime Minister in the settlement terms."

    REPORTER: "How do you see the future of the country then, Sir Roy?"

    SIR ROY: "The future of Rhodesia to a very large extent depends on what happens in the next two years. You see, if the settlement does not forge ahead in the very near future, the British Government has got to then re-impose sanctions. These are due for re-imposition in November and I have no doubt that unless there is agreement on the lines that we've discussed, I've no doubt the sanctions are going to be re-imposed."

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    Background: Sir Roy Welensky, the former Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, has become increasingly outspoken in his criticism of the Smith Government in Rhodesia. Sir Roy told a headmasters conference in Salisbury recently, that white supremacy could not last forever in Rhodesia, and major decisions could no longer be taken without the approval of the African people.

    He has also predicted that any new settlement talks between Britain and Rhodesia will end in failure.

    Sir Roy was recently interviewed on his farm near Salisbury by Visnews reporter John Hamlin. The text of the interview follows:

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