Discussions aimed at resolving the five-and-one-half-year-old independence impasse are going on between Britain and Rhodesia in Salisbury.
GV EXT. Rhodesian Front building
CU Sign "Rhodesian Front"
SV Party executives talking outside building(2 shots)
SV Smith arrives & is met by Neilson
SV Party members talking
SV Smith & Neilson towards building and party members entering(3 shots)
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Background: Discussions aimed at resolving the five-and-one-half-year-old independence impasse are going on between Britain and Rhodesia in Salisbury. Although not yet taking an active part in the conversations, Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith has been closely briefed on their progress.
The talks, initiated earlier this month by Lord Goodman as a special envoy of British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, are now expected to warrant the special attention of Smith and his cabinet. Lord Goodman, upon the advice of his negotiating team returns to Salisbury today (Tuesday, June 29).
In preparations for the visit, Mr Smith briefed the 110-man executive committee of the ruling Rhodesian Front Party on Monday. The meeting, billed as an ordinary session, became extraordinary with the announcement that its chairman, Ralph Neilson, was resigning. Neilson know to be a hard line right-wing advocate said his resignation had nothing to do with the upcoming talks. The move he said was taken for purely private and personal reasons.