• Short Summary

    Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith forecast a tough time ahead for his country when he addressed a meeting in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, on Tuesday (22 July).

  • Description

    1.
    GV EXTERIOR Bulawayo City Hall with guests in grounds (2 shots)
    0.19

    2.
    CU INTERIOR Ian Smith speaking
    1.50

    3.
    SV PAN Audience applaud
    2.20


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: SMITH: "We have conclusive proof that the terrorists are working to the well known Communist strategy of trying to drive the farmers from their land, forcing them to retreat to the towns and cities, thus leaving the farming areas free for terrorists to flourish.



    "There is no doubt in my mind, and in this I represent the views of all my colleagues in Government, that our farmers in the sensitive areas are doing a double job - in addition to farming they are amongst our front line troops - and not for a couple of months a year, but for twelve months of the year. And this has been going on for a few year now.



    "I have no hesitation in saying to all Rhodesians that the rest of us must make a greater effort to support these front line farmers. I believe that here we have a special case, apart from what we do for farmers generally.



    "One other thing I am sure you will be both interested and pleased to learn - our plans for increased security effort are well advanced, and we will start bringing them into force in the near future.



    "I regret that this has been made inevitable, because our opponents in this detents exercise have failed to comply with their part of the bargain.



    "We know all too clearly from history, recent as well as past, that in this game if only one side plays according to the rules, then that side finds itself heading for complete disaster."



    Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith warned his country that it faced a tough time ahead because of a stepped-up drive against black guerrilla forces, when he addressed the Rhodesian national Farmers Union Congress on Tuesday.



    His statement follows a stalemate in the white minority government's talks with African nationalist leaders.




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    This film is serviced with parts of Mr. Smith's speech. A transcript of those parts follows:

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith forecast a tough time ahead for his country when he addressed a meeting in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, on Tuesday (22 July).

    He said the tough time would be caused by a stepped-up drive against black guerrilla forces.

    Mr. Smith said the new campaign was necessary because opponents of the "detente exercise" had failed to comply with their part of the bargain.

    His statement follows the stalemate in the white minority government's talks with African nationalist leaders. Mr. Smith and other government ministers claim the nationalists deliberately delayed the talks while a new and larger guerrilla army was being formed.

    "We know all too clearly from history, recent as well as past, that in this game if only one side plays according to the rules, then that side finds itself heading for complete disaster", he said.

    Mr. Smith made his remarks at the Rhodesian Farmers Union Congress, and he called for greater support for "front-line" farmers in the North-East.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAO03QU1UPP8FGN3U83EX050RP
    Media URN:
    VLVAO03QU1UPP8FGN3U83EX050RP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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