Sir Roy Welensky, the Rhodesian Federal Prime Minister, left London Airport for Salisbury, Mar. 20, after overstaying the Commonwealth Conference three days in the hope of ending his dispute with Britain over Northern Rhodesia.
SV Sandys shakes hands with Sir Roy.
SV Sir Roy enters plane.
SV Sir Roy interviewed prior to departure. (SOF).
Question: "Why are you unhappy about the way things have gone so far, Sir Roy?"
Answer: "Well, I was unhappy when I came here because I felt that doors had been closed, and I felt that when one considers constitutions one ought not to close any doors - one ought to be prepared to examine things fully."
Question: "Do you feel then that African advancement was planned to go too quickly in Northern Rhodesia?"
Answer: "Now it is not a question of African advancement being prepared or being planned to go too quickly. My complaint was that one ought to associate advancement with a sense of responsibility, and the plan as it was originally proposed left so much in the air that it was extremely difficult to assess what the difficulties were."
Question: "Are you worried about the future of Southern Rhodesia if the Northern Rhodesia plan as it is now goes forward unmodified?"
Answer: "Well, I was extremely worried and would be extremely worried now if I thought that the British Government would rush through the Northern Rhodesian plan as originally proposed, because I believe it will have tremendous repercussions on the referendum in southern Rhodesia and, of course, would have very serious effects on Northern Rhodesia's own stability as well."
Question: "You mean if a right-wing Government then came into power in Southern Rhodesia it might secede from the Federation?"
Answer: "Well, I don't know what a right-wing Government would do. What I can say is that I'm certain things would become much more difficult than they are today."
Question: "Sir Roy, are you happy or unhappy about the future of the Federation?"
Answer: "As a matter of fact, I leave this country today more convinced than ever that the Federation will continue, if that is what you want to know."
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Background: Sir Roy Welensky, the Rhodesian Federal Prime Minister, left London Airport for Salisbury, Mar. 20, after overstaying the Commonwealth Conference three days in the hope of ending his dispute with Britain over Northern Rhodesia.
A joint communique issued by Prime Minister Macmillan and Sir Roy, after a round of talks on the matter, showed no retreat by the Cabinet from the essence of Mr. Macleod's White Paper setting out his constitutional proposals, which Sir Roy had tried to counter by three alternative proposals of his own. But the communique put on record that "of course due regard will be paid to the considerations which the Federal Government have brought to the attention of the United Kingdom Government."
Before being seen off by Commonwealth Relations Secretary Duncan Sandys, Sir Roy said in an interview at the airport: