Philip Mansfield, a senior British Foreign Office official, arrived in Salisbury on Thursday (20 January) to begin a personal assessment of the troubled Rhodesian situation.
PEOPLE AT AIRPORT, MANSFIELD TALKING TO REPORTERS, MANSFIELD WALKS TO CAR AWAY.
MANSFIELD: "The Foreign Secretary has asked for my assessment of the situation I shall do that and I shall report to him.
REPORTER: Is this something that Lord Pearce cannot do, or is this not his function to do?
MANSFIELD: Well, I mean, Lord Pearce is conducting his test of acceptability. I will assess the situation and report to the Foreign Secretary.
REPORTER: Does your presence mean that your government is seriously like to call the whole thing off?
MANSFIELD: Well, I don't think so at this stage.
REPORTER: Will you be going around to scenes where there has been rioting and make an assessment of it?
MANSFIELD: I shall see about that after I've had a chance to assess the first stages.
REPORTER: You don't know how long you're going to be here or who you're going to see.
REPORTER: Lord Pearce?
MANSFIELD: I don't know. I'll see anyone I can that's available to me to make my assessment.
REPORTER: But you are independent of Lord Pearce.
MANSFIELD: Yes, exactly.
REPORTER: Will you see the A.N.O. leaders?
MANSFIELD: I don't know.
REPORTER: But you might?
MANSFIELD: I don't know. We'll have to see.
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Background: Philip Mansfield, a senior British Foreign Office official, arrived in Salisbury on Thursday (20 January) to begin a personal assessment of the troubled Rhodesian situation. He will report directly to British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home.
Mr. Mansfield, head of the Rhodesia Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, did not divulge his movements and plans during his visit. He told reporters, upon arrival at the airport, that in no way had he come to intervene in the affairs of the Pearce Commission, a British investigatory team currently testing Rhodesian opinion about terms for settling the Rhodesian independence issue.
Rhodesia now ha had nine days of violence resulting in 14 deaths. The riots have occurred mainly in areas where the Pearce Commission members have been ???.
Amid Rhodesian rioting that has left fourteen people dead, senior British Foreign Office official Philip misfiled arrived in Salisbury on Thursday.
Piloting has occurred in areas visited by the Pearce commission, which is testing Rhodesian opinion about terms for settling the Rhodesian independence issue.