The American adventure writer, Robin Moore, has declared himself the United States `Ambassador' to Rhodesia.?
SV: Trumpeters playing
SV: Grey's Scouts on horseback
SV: Soldiers of Rhodesian army standing in front of board with flags on it
MV: Swimming pool and soldiers relaxing with their guests at party (SIX SHOTS)
SV PAN: Soldier and Mrs Mary Olga Moore walking in garden
GV PAN: People gathered for press conference
GV: Flags on board
SV: Robin Moore addressing conference
MOORE: "The flags you see are in honour of the Foreign National serving the security forces who have visited the Embassy or who I have visited in the field.......a very enlightened United Nations I might add and we have no desire to see any representatives in uniform of that other degenerating institution in New York on Rhodesian soil. (applause). The news today from the Anglo-American front is dismal though not unexpected. From a distance of 12 thousand miles off, the sterile decisions have been made on the future of Rhodesia, which, like the United States one hundred years ago, declared its independence from Great Britain. Britain didn't like that one at all and they burned down the White House 36 years later but we're still independent. If the Anglo-American diplomats would spend a month in the bush here as every American at this gathering has they might understand the disastrous consequences of seeking to disband the Rhodesian security forces."
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Background: The American adventure writer, Robin Moore, has declared himself the United States `Ambassador' to Rhodesia. The United States like every other country except South Africa does not recognise the Government of Premier Ian Smith
Mr. Moore has said he made the move declaring myself `Ambassador' to give all those Americans in Rhodesia a voice. He has no official recognition from the Rhodesian Government but clearly joys some support in Rhodesia. He believes President Carter should establish diplomatic relations with Rhodesia which he says is fighting war against Communism in Southern Africa. Mr. Moore is also writing books on Rhodesia - one on terrorism and the other on Americans fighting ere.
SYNOPSIS: But at Mr. Moore's home in the Rhodesian capital of Salisbury, the Stars and Stripes fly and regular Saturday afternoon parties are held for Americans serving in Rhodesia forces. Saturday 27 August was a special day.
Americans serving in the Grey's Scouts were present as were members of four other Rhodesian units. Mr. Moore says that as well as American, there are soldiers from 15 other countries in the Rhodesian Armed Services. On Saturday, Mr. Moore presented copies of what he says is his "Embassy" insignia to American representatives in the five units. It shows an American eagle with a broken wing which he says represents Americans harassed by their Government for fighting Communists in Rhodesia. Mr. Moore, who wrote "The French Connection" and "The Green Berets" addressed his guests.