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    The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr Ian Smith, and his Government were the subjects of a scathing attack on Wednesday (October 10th).

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    GV Salisbury airport

    TGV People getting out of aircraft

    LV PAN Mr & Mrs Savory with child walking along tarmac

    GV Airport control tower

    CU Mr. Savory interviewer asking question

    REPORTER: "While you were there, you had talks with the British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Can you tell us something about the outcome of these?"

    SAVORY: "Well, there was no outcome, as such, and I specifically made the point to him that I didn't want him to commit himself on anything. I mainly wanted to put him in the picture and just have loose discussions, and meet him. So there's no outcome, as such."

    REPORTER: "The impression we get here is that the Rhodesian situation has reached something of a stalemate. It this the view in London?"

    SAVORY: "Yes, I think it would be fair to say that that is the view and the stalemate is due to our Prime Minister not taking any initiative or doing anything, since he has been told that it is over to him to resolve the situation, virtually."

    REPORTER: "Now, the Rhodesia Party itself has taken initiatives and has reached some sort of agreement on constitutional lines with the ANC. Is there any validity, do you think, in this agreement?"

    SAVORY: :Well, I don't know how you refer to validity, but we have gone ahead with talks. We waited until it was quite clear to all Rhodesians that our Prime Minister had come to the end of the road and run out of ideas. We have believed for a long time that he was merely misleading Rhodesians. But we had to wait for this to be blatantly obvious, and then we initiated talks. Had we done so prior to that, he would have blamed us for any breakdown in his settlement negotiations. Now, we've initiated these talks with the ANC and with other groups of Rhodesians, but primarily with the ANC, with two aims in mind: One, hoping that we might act as a catalyst, and hoping that our Prime Minister might, in due course, himself carry out the talks; in which case, we would fall in with it and co-operate to the full; or, if he doesn't do so, we hope that we can come to some agreement that they feel they can persuade black Rhodesians to accept, and which we feel we could persuade white Rhodesians to accept, and which does not involve a "sell out", as it is called, from either party's point of view. In my opinion, the Rhodesians living here and living with the problems, the ANC does represent the bulk of Africans in Rhodesia. I can't say whether it's 80, 90, 95 per cent, but undoubtedly, they represent the bulk of Africans, in my opinion. I expressed this view, and those people to whom I expressed this didn't express anything to the contrary and seemed interested in it. But they never expressed a view of their own."

    REPORTER: "What are the aims of the Rhodesia Party... What do your hope to achieve?"

    SAVORY: "A stable and peaceful state."

    REPORTER: "What is your current attitude to Ian Smith and Rhodesian Front Government? They've got Rhodesia into this situation. Do you think they are still capable of getting the country out of it?"

    SAVORY: "No, I don't think they're capable of doing so at all. I said earlier they've come to the end of the road, run out of ideas, and I think their proven actions throughout the period since UDI tend to illustrate this. I don't think they've made a single major political decision which has proved correct. Border closure, communal punishment, cordon sanitaire - any of these thing they've done, they have proved political blunders, and many of them military blunders, as well. And with their increasing petty racialism, increasingly petty racialistic legislation, and their little petty administrative acts in the racial sphere, I think they are merely polarising the races in this country and aggravating the entire situation. and they're compounding this enormously with their Government controlled radio and television, and the appalling propaganda that they're putting out to Rhodesians almost daily."

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    This film includes an interview between reporter Bob Duncan and Mr. Allan Savory. A transcription follows:

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr Ian Smith, and his Government were the subjects of a scathing attack on Wednesday (October 10th). Mr Allan Savory, founder of the opposition Rhodesia Party, which emerged last year, said the present Government had not made a single major political decision which had proved correct. Mr Savory was speaking on his return from Britain, where he'd had talks with the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

    In an exclusive interview, Mr Savory said the Government had come to the "end of the road" and had "run out of ideas". He accused the Government of "petty racialism", and said it was polarising the races in Rhodesia. Mr Savory said many of the Government's actions had proved to be political blunders.

    The Rhodesia party, which is principally white, proposes a multi-racial constitutional council, outside the political sphere, in an effort to give the majority African population more power in the running of the country's affairs. The Party has close ties with the African National Council (ANC) - which is generally recognised as representing the majority of African opinion in Rhodesia.

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