• Short Summary

    The following is a
    proclamation read over Rhodesia radio by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Ian
    Douglas?

  • Description

    The following is a
    proclamation read over Rhodesia radio by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Ian
    Douglas Smith, at 1.15 p.m. today, November 11, 1965:- "Whereas in the course of
    human affairs history has shown that it may become necessary for a people to
    resolve the political affiliations which have connected them with another people
    and to assume amongst other nations the separate and equal status to which they
    are entitled: "And whereas in such event a respect for the opinions of mankind
    requires them to declare to other nations the causes which impel them to assume
    full responsibility for their own affairs: "Now therefore, we, the Government of
    Rhodesia, to hereby declare: "That it is an indisputable and accepted historic
    fact that since 1923 the Government of Rhodesia have exercised the powers of
    self-government and have been responsible for the progress, development and
    welfare of their people; "That the people of Rhodesia having demonstrated their
    loyalty to the Crown and to their kith and kin in the United Kingdom and
    elsewhere through two world wars, and having been prepared to shed their blood
    and give of their substance in what they believed to be the mutual interests of
    freedom-loving people, now see all that they have cherished, about to be
    shattered on the rocks of expediency; "That the people of Rhodesia have
    witnessed a process which is destructive of those very precepts upon which
    civilisation in a primitive country has been built; they have seen the
    principles of Western democracy, responsible government and normal standards
    crumble elsewhere; nevertheless they have remained steadfast; "That the people
    of Rhodesia fully support the requests of their Government for sovereign
    independence but have witnessed the consistent refusal of the Government of the
    United Kingdom to accede to their entreaties; "That the Government of the United
    Kingdom have thus demonstrated that they are not prepared to grant sovereign
    independence to Rhodesia on terms acceptable to the people of Rhodesia, thereby
    persisting in maintaining an unwarrantable jurisdiction over Rhodesia,
    obstructing laws and treaties with other states and the conduct of affairs with
    other nations and refusing assent to laws necessary for the public good; all
    this to the detriment of the future peace, prosperity and good government of
    Rhodesia; "That the Government of Rhodesia have for a long period patiently and
    in good faith negotiated with the Government of the United Kingdom for the
    removal of the remaining limitations placed upon them and for the grant of
    sovereign independence.

    "That in the belief that procrastination and delay strike at and injure the very
    life of the nation, the Government of Rhodesia consider it essential that
    Rhodesia should attain, without delay, sovereign independence, the justice of
    which is beyond question; "Now therefore, we, the Government of Rhodesia, in
    humble submission to Almighty God who controls the destinies of nations,
    conscious that the people of Rhodesia have always shown unswerving loyalty and
    devotion to Her Majesty the Queen and earnestly praying that we and the people
    of Rhodesia will not be hindered in our determination to continue exercising our
    undoubted right to demonstrate the same loyalty and devotion, and seeking to
    promote the common good sop that the dignity and freedom of all men may be
    assured, do, by this Proclamation, adopt, enact and give to the people of
    Rhodesia the Constitution annexed hereto.

    "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN"

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    Film ID:
    VLVAOOLO8FWKL3NHX24GG48UMIS0
    Media URN:
    VLVAOOLO8FWKL3NHX24GG48UMIS0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:20:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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