• Short Summary

    BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON FLEW INTO LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) AFTER HIS WEEKEND TALKS WITH MR.

  • Description


    MR SMITH LEAVES; MR WILSON AND PARTY LEAVE GIBRALTAR AIRPORT; LONDON AIRPORT ARRIVAL; WILSON AND WIFE; NEWSMEN; WILSON READS STATEMENT AND INTERVIEW (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: MR WILSON SAID: "THIS SHORT STATEMENT WAS AGREED BEFORE MR SMITH AND HIS COLLEAGUES LEFT H.M.S. TIGER LAST NIGHT."



    'THE PRIME MINISTER AND MR IAN SMITH HAVE CONCLUDED THEIR DISCUSSIONS IN HMS TIGER. THEY HAVE PRODUCED WITHOUT COMMITMENT ON EITHER SIDE A WORKING DOCUMENT. THEY ARE RETURNING TO REPORT ON THIS TO THEIR RESPECTIVE COLLEAGUES. IT IS AGREED THAT BOTH SIDES WILL DECIDE BY TEN O'CLOCK GMT ON MONDAY DECEMBER 5TH, WHETHER IT THAT IS THE DOCUMENT IS ACCEPTED IN ITS ENTIRELY.



    QUESTION: "PRIME MINISTER COULD THIS WORKING DOCUMENT BECOME ACTUALLY AN AGREEMENT?"



    WILSON:"YES....IF IT'S ACCEPTED BY BOTH SIDES IT IMMEDIATELY MEANS WE HAVE REACHED AGREEMENT."



    QUESTION:"NOW, DO YOU FORSEE ANY DIFFICULTIES WITH YOUR OWN CABINET?"



    WILSON:"SINCE THE TERMS ON WHICH WE PARTED LAST NIGHT WERE THAT EACH OF US WERE REPORTING TO OUR COLLEAGUES I MUST, OF COURSE, AWAIT CONSIDERATION OF IT BY COLLEAGUES."



    QUESTION:"BUT WOULD YOU YOURSELF SAY THAT ON THE WHOLE THEY WILL ENDORSE IT?"



    WILSON:"I THINK YOU CAN ASSUME THAT THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND I WERE FULLY AWARE OF THE POSITION THAT MY COLLEAGUES AND OURSELVES WOULD TAKE UP, AND YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT US TO STRAY OUTSIDE THOSE TERMS".



    QUESTION:"NO. CAN YOU HAZARD A GUESS AS TO WHAT THE REACTION MIGHT BE FROM MR SMITH'S COLLEAGUES?".



    WILSON: "NO. I CAN'T. I THINK IS A MATTER BETWEEN HIM AND THEM. BUT ONE THING I DO SAY - I AM CONVINCED THAT HE, AND THE COLLEAGUE HE BROUGHT WITH HIM, FULLY UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES FOR RHODESIA, AND OR AFRICA, AND FOR THE WORLD IF AN AGREEMENT IS NOT REACHED. I THINK THEY FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT".




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    Background: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON FLEW INTO LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) AFTER HIS WEEKEND TALKS WITH MR. IAN SMITH ABOARD A CRUISER IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. HE TOLD AN AIRPORT PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THE TALKS HAD RESULTED IN A "WORKING DOCUMENT" AND BOTH SIDES WOULD DECIDE BY MONDAY MORNING WHETHER IT WAS TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE.

    SPEAKING TO REPORTERS A - LONDON AIRPORT, MR WILSON SAID THERE WAS NO REASON WHY THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD NOT PROVIDE A BASIS, UNAMENDED, OF A SETTLEMENT. HE STRESSED THAT THE PERIOD AHEAD WOULD BE CRUCIAL SINCE BOTH SIDES HAD AGREED TO DECIDE BY 10 A.M. (GMT) ON MONDAY IF THE DOCUMENT SHOULD BE ACCEPTED IN ITS ENTIRETY.

    THE TWO CHIEF PRINCIPLES, WHICH IN THE PAST HAD PROVED MAJOR STUMBLING BLOCKS, WERE THAT RHODESIA'S 250,000 WHITES MUST NOT IMPEDE MAJORITY RULE BY ITS FOUR MILLION AFRICANS, AND THAT ANY SETTLEMENT MUST BE ACCEPTABLE TO RHODESIAN AS A WHOLE.

    MR WILSON SAID THE DOCUMENT WAS WITHIN THE TERMS OF SPECIAL COMMUNIQUE ON RHODESIA ISSUED DURING THE COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTER' CONFERENCE LAST SEPTEMBER, WHICH SET OUT CERTAIN CONDITIONS FOR A SETTLEMENT. IT PLEDGED BRITAIN TO STIFFEN ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST RHODESIA THROUGH THE UNITED NATIONS BY THE END OF THIS YEAR IF NO SETTLEMENT WAS REACHED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA18CVBECROVPS246WRJ4JWJM67
    Media URN:
    VLVA18CVBECROVPS246WRJ4JWJM67
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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