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    On Wednesday (15 January) Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith re-affirmed that no policy exists to hand the country over to black majority government.

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    On Wednesday (15 January) Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith re-affirmed that no policy exists to hand the country over to black majority government.

    Speaking at the opening of a new factory at Norton, near Salisbury, Mr. Smith said that a yawning chasm separates his Government and its black nationalist opponents.

    He also said that he hoped his estimation of the country's current settlement negotiations would prove wrong. But Mr. Smith added: "We have no policy in Rhodesia to hand over the country to a black majority Government."
    He then re-stated his policy of gradual black political advancement under Rhodesia's system of a qualified franchise and said the country had always had "responsible majority Government--Government with all Rhodesians--irrespective of race, colour or creed--participating".

    Under a peace agreement negotiated in Lusaka last month, between the African Nationalist Council and the Rhodesian Government, the Government agreed to convene a constitutional conference and release black political detainees, while Rhodesia's black nationalist guerrillas undertook to lay down their arms.

    But last week the Government stopped releasing detainees, saying that some guerrillas were not observing the ceasefire.

    The move appeared to be part of a Government campaign to retain the political initiative in the run up to the constitutional conference and observers felt Mr. Smith's speech could be viewed in the same light.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADP8GFZ7X84W1PCGI3MQWSAJIO
    Media URN:
    VLVADP8GFZ7X84W1PCGI3MQWSAJIO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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