The Rhodesian leader, Mr. Ian Smith indicated in a speech in Bulawayo on Friday (18?
The Rhodesian leader, Mr. Ian Smith indicated in a speech in Bulawayo on Friday (18 August) that he had nothing against an all-party conference. But he said the Salisbury Interim Government was not yet satisfied that an all-party conference would not be destructive. Previously the Salisbury Government had been cool towards the Western plan for all-party talks. Amongst the stumbling blocks, still unresolved, is the dispute over who should control the armed forces in the transition period before majority rule.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Smith chose a bazaar organised by his party workers to announce the government's attitude to the proposed conference. He said, he wanted to be satisfied the talks would not undo all that had been achieved since March.