The United States early reaction to the news of the agreement in principle on an internal Rhodesian settlement was toned down on Thursday (16 February).
The United States early reaction to the news of the agreement in principle on an internal Rhodesian settlement was toned down on Thursday (16 February). Originally, the United States U.N. Ambassador, Andrew Young, labelled the agreement as invalid. But this view has now changed. The State Department in Washington says the initial reaction was a mistake. They're now adopting a wait and see attitude. Meanwhile in London, the British Foreign Secretary David Owen said the settlement represented a significant advance -- but judgement on it is being reserved. In Rhodesia itself reaction is also mixed. In these interviews three people with different political backgrounds gave their opinions of the settlement. First there is Mr. Josiah Chinamano, vice president of the African National Council -- and the Rhodesian representative of the Patriotic Front. He is followed by Sir Roy Welensky, an former Prime Minister and finally Mr. Ted Sutton Price a former minister with the governing Rhodesia Front Party.