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    Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, said on Saturday (20 March) that Britain had put?

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    Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, said on Saturday (20 March) that Britain had put itself in a position where it had to accept responsibility for Rhodesia.

    Speaking at a news conference after the breakdown of negotiations with the African Nationalists under Joshua Nkomo, he said Britain must join in the effort to reach a settlement between the country's white minority and the black majority.

    But in London, British Foreign Secretary, James Callaghan said Mr. Smith had first to accept the principle of black majority rule.

    Mr. Callaghan said the terms of the transition of power from white to black could be worked out later.

    Mr. Smith told the news conference that he believed he would have failed if Rhodesia had "white rule one day, and black the next".

    On that basis, he said he did not see majority rule in Rhodesia for 1,000 years.

    Mr. Smith indicated that he and his government regarded the appeal to Britain as the only way to keep the prospects of peaceful negotiation alive.

    It is likely Mr. Nkomo would also support British intervention.

    But the African Nationalist Council (ANC) is split into two factions; Mr. Nkomo's internal wing, and the external faction under Bishop Abel Muzorewa, based in Mozambique.

    And the external faction jubilantly greeted the collapse of the talks, which it had always opposed, because it is against the settling of the question of black majority rule by negotiation.

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