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    MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, AND MR. IAN SMITH ARE TO MEET AT?

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    MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, AND MR. IAN SMITH ARE TO MEET AT AN AGREED RENDEZVOUS -- BELIEVED TO BE GIBRALTAR -- IN A NEW ATTEMPT TO BREAK THE DEADLOCK OVER RHODESIA. NEWS OF THE TOP-LEVEL MEETING CAME AT DAWN TODAY (WEDNESDAY), SHORTLY AFTER MR. SMITH LEFT SALISBURY.

    MR. WILSON PLANNED TO FLY TO THEIR SECRET MEETING PLACE AFTER MAKING A BRIEF STATEMENT TO THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT THIS AFTERNOON.

    A TIME LIMIT OF THREE MONTHS FOR BRITAIN TO REACH A SETTLEMENT OF THE RHODESIA PROBLEM WAS SET BY THE COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS AT THEIR LONDON MEETING IN SEPTEMBER. THE MEETING ANNOUNCED TODAY COMES JUST BEFORE THE DEADLINE.

    THE COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE DECIDED THAT BRITAIN WOULD ASK THE UNITED NATIONS FOR MANDATORY SANCTIONS BY THE END OF THE YEAR UNLESS A SOLUTION WAS FOUND BEFORE THEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S SIX PRINCIPLES.

    THE TWO KEY PRINCIPLES, WHICH HAVE SO FAR PROVED A STUMBLING BLOCK, ARE THAT RHODESIA'S 250,000 WHITES MUST NOT IMPEDE PROGRESS TO MAJORITY RULE BY THE FOUR MILLION AFRICANS, AND THAT ANY SETTLEMENT MUST BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF RHODESIA AS A WHOLE.

    INFORMAL TALKS AT OFFICIAL LEVEL, TO SEE WHETHER A BASIS FOR AGREEMENT EXISTED, STARTED IN LONDON IN MAY, 1966, AND WERE CONTINUED IN SALISBURY. THEY TOOK PLACE IN COMPLETE PRIVACY, WITH NO OFFICIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR PROGRESS.

    TWO BRITISH MINISTERS -- MR. HERBERT BOWDEN, THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, AND SIR ELWYN JONES, THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, WENT TO SALISBURY IN SEPTEMBER TO SEE BOTH MR. SMITH AND THE GOVERNOR, SIR HUMPHREY GIBBS. A LEADING ISSUE BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES HAS BEEN WHETHER THERE SHOULD FIRST BE A PERIOD OF DIRECT RULE BY THE GOVERNOR WHILE A NEW CONSTITUTION IS WORKED OUT; OR WHETHER SIR HUMPHREY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CALL ON MR. SMITH TO FORM A NEW AND LAWFUL GOVERNMENT. MR. BOWDEN RETURNED TO RHODESIA LAST WEEKEND FOR A FURTHER SERIES OF TALKS. BOTH HE AND SIR ELWYN JONES ARE ACCOMPANYING MR. WILSON TO THIS LATEST MEETING WITH MR. SMITH.

    MANY AFRICAN LEADERS HAVE BEEEN EXTREMELY CRITICAL OF THE DEVELOPMENTS OF RECENT MONTHS. THE ORGANIZATIOON OF AFRICAN UNITY, AT ITS SUMMIT MEETING IN ADDIS ABABA LAST MONTH, DEMANDED MANDATORY ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AND SET UP A FUND TO FINANCE MILITANT LIBERATION MOVEMENTS INSIDE RHODESIA. THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTED A RESOLUTION TWO WEEKS AGO, CALLING ON BRITAIN TO USE ALL MEANS, INCLUDING FORCE, TO END THE SMITH REGIME. ONLY TWO COUNTRIES, SOUTH AFRICA AND PORTUGAL, VOTED AGAINST THE RESOLUTION, ALTHOUGH 17 -- INCLUDING BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES -- ABSTAINED. ANY REQUEST FOR MANDATORY SANCTIONS WOULD NOT GO TO THE ASSEMBLY BUT TO THE 15-NATION SECURITY COUNCIL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADHDY2T3H6BETL6CNT2AXKP9VM
    Media URN:
    VLVADHDY2T3H6BETL6CNT2AXKP9VM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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