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    With Rhodesian leader, Mr. Ian Smith, on Friday (24 September) announced his government's acceptance of?

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    CU Premier Smith speaking

    SMITH: "I believe that it is incumbent on all of us, white and black alike, to act with dignity and restraint in the testing time which lies before us and to create the right atmosphere to enable those charged with drawing up the new constitution to proceed expeditiously with their important task. Clearly, this agreement doesn't give us the answer which we would have liked. However, it does present us with an opportunity which we have never had before, an offer to Rhodesians to work out amongst themselves without interference from outside, our future constitution. The Council of State has been charged to do this within two years, which should be more than ample time. As I have already indicated, the Council of State will be composed of equal members of white and black Rhodesians. They will be chosen by Rhodesians. I hope they will be the best, the most responsible we can find. It will only be at the conclusion of this exercise that we will know whether this whole operation has succeeded or failed.

    The main requirement of the package agreement, as outlined by Mr. Smith, are as follows:-

    1) Rhodesia agrees to majority rule in two years.

    2) Representatives of the Rhodesian government will meet black Rhodesian leaders immediately at a mutually agreed place to organise an interim government to function until majority rule is implemented.

    The interim-government should consist of a Council of State with an equal number of white and black members and a white non-voting chairman. The white and African sides will nominate their representatives.

    Mr. Smith said his government had accepted on condition of the lifting of economic sanctions, and injection of development capital to stimulate the Rhodesian economy and an end to the guerrilla war. There are also financial guarantees for those white Rhodesians who wish to leave the country before majority rule comes into force.

    Dr. Kissinger said in London that the agreement was basically a refinement of British proposals two years ago, which had been developed in five missions to Africa... three American and two British.

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    Background: With Rhodesian leader, Mr. Ian Smith, on Friday (24 September) announced his government's acceptance of a United States-British formula leading to majority african rule in two years. The package was presented to Mr. Smith in talks with the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger at the South African administrative capital of Pretoria.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Smith announced the acceptance of the terms on Rhodesian television and appealed for support.

    I hope all Rhodesians will join with me in dedicating themselves to ensure that there can only be one answer, success."

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