• Short Summary

    BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON AND THE RHODESIAN LEADER, MR IAN SMITH, SAILED FROM GIBRALTAR TODAY (FRIDAY) ABOARD A BRITISH WARSHIP FOR LAST-MINUTE TALKS ON THE RHODESIAN INDEPENDENCE ISSUE.

  • Description

    BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON AND THE RHODESIAN LEADER, MR IAN SMITH, SAILED FROM GIBRALTAR TODAY (FRIDAY) ABOARD A BRITISH WARSHIP FOR LAST-MINUTE TALKS ON THE RHODESIAN INDEPENDENCE ISSUE. MR WILSON WENT ABOARD THE CRUISER "TIGER" LAST NIGHT AFTER FLYING TO GIBRALTAR FROM LONDON.

    STRICT SECURITY SURROUNDED THE ARRIVAL OF THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER. MR WILSON ARRIVED IN A ROYAL AIR FORCE COMET AND THEN FOLLOWED TWO BRITANNIAS, WHOSE OCCUPANTS WERE WHISKED AWAY IN CARS FROM THEIR PLANES TO THE DOCKS. GUARDS SLAMMED THE GATES BEHIND THEM.

    GIBRALTAR OFFICIALS SAID THEY DID NOT KNOW WHO THE ARRIVALS WERE AND THE FIRST OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION THAT MR WILSON'S PARTY AND THE RHODESIANS WERE ABOARD THE TIGER CAME IN A LONDON ANNOUNCEMENT.

    THE TIGER SAILED FROM GIBRALTAR JUST AS LIGHT WAS BREAKING OVER ALGECIRAS BAY. A FULL DAY OF TALKS IS EXPECTED TO TRY TO BREAK THE DEADLOCK IN NEGOTIATIONS SINCE RHODESIA'S ILLEGAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

    MR WILSON TOLD PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY THAT BRITAIN AND THE SALISBURY REGIME WERE WITHIN HAILING DISTANCE OF AGREEMENT, BUT THAT THERE WAS STILL A CONSIDERABLE GAP BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES. DETAILS OF NAY PACT WITH MR SMITH FOR RHODESIA TO RETURN LEGALITY WITH NEW LINKS WITH BRITAIN AND FOR GUARANTEES FOR THE COUNTRY'S AFRICAN MAJORITY HAVE REMAINED TOP SECRET. BUT BRITAIN HAS INSISTED ON SIX MAIN PRINCIPLES WHICH INCLUDE A COMMITMENT BY THE WHITE REGIME TO UNIMPEDED PROGRESS TOWARDS AFRICAN MAJORITY RULE AND AGREEMENT THAT ANY SETTLEMENT MUST BE APPROVED BY THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACVFOTF3NW3MH7V95AYOWCGJZL
    Media URN:
    VLVACVFOTF3NW3MH7V95AYOWCGJZL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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