• Short Summary

    The report prepared by Lord Pearce - who led a British Commission to sound out Rhodesian public opinion on the anglo-Rhodesian Settlement proposals - is now in the hands of the British Government, but is yet to be made public.

  • Description

    The report prepared by Lord Pearce - who led a British Commission to sound out Rhodesian public opinion on the anglo-Rhodesian Settlement proposals - is now in the hands of the British Government, but is yet to be made public.

    The report climaxes months of scouring the Rhodesian countryside in aircraft, landrovers and dugout canoes, handing out nearly 800,000 summaries of the settlement proposals, listening to countless hours of testimony--and finally sifting through the mass of evidence.

    From the moment of the Commission's arrival in Salisbury on January 11, thousands of back Africans took to the streets to voice a loud "NO" to the proposals. Riots erupted in four major cities, causing the deaths of 14 Africans.

    The African National Council--then only three months old--played a major role in rallying the Africans for a "NO" vote. And it became the country's most effective black nationwide organisation since the government of Ian Smith banned the two main African nationalist political parties in 1964.

    Mr. Ian Smith accused intimidators of truing to force a "No" vote and said he knew that Africans ???rally supported the settlement proposals.

    The settlement formula promised to end the seven-year-old Constitutional feud triggered in 1965 when the British colony declared wnilateral independence. The proposals promised legal independence under a white minority government--with majority rule the eventual goal.

    Rhodesia has 250,000 white and 5.2 million black African citizens.

    On his return to London, Lord Pearce spoke of the job in hand:
    SYNOPSIS: Word Peerce....a man with a secret. In January he arrived in Salisbury to last Rhodesian opinion on the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals. Now, His Commission has given its report to the British government. But right form the start, Africans were saying "No."
    Thousands of Africans took to the streets, with the African National Council playing a major role in rallying the people to a "No" vote. Fourteen black Africans died in the riating in major cities.

    Rhodesia declared unilateral independence in nineteen-sixty-five. The settlement formula promised LECAL independence under white minority government, but with majority rule the ultimate goal. Today, Rhodesia ha two-hundred-and-fifty thousand whites and more than five million black African citizens....
    For Commission members, testing opinion was a mammoth task. They listened to countless hours of testimony. And they criss-crossed the Rhodesian countryside in aircraft, landrovers...even canoes...handing out nearly eight-hundred-thousand summaries of the settlement proposals. Then, after two months in the field, the team left for London where Lord Pearce talked about his task:
    Now, that job is finished. And only the answer remains.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD3WS43YO4IWBJGXZ5OA5XHDLI
    Media URN:
    VLVAD3WS43YO4IWBJGXZ5OA5XHDLI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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