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    The first significant reaction to Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith's Anglo-Rhodesian speech came on Friday (29 June), in Salisbury from the publicity secretary of the African National Council (ANC), Mr.

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    GV PAN Salisbury

    GV Traffic in Salisbury

    MV Newsmen and Mr. Sithole (question)

    MV ZOOM IN Mr. Sithole interviewed

    SITHOLE: "All we think is that he has been trying to please his own following. We can't consider he has been very genuine in what he says because if he were sincere in what he has done to date, it would be half of the responsibility."

    REPORTER: "Do you think that is in fact the end of the road in terms of any settlement?"

    SITHOLE: "I really don't think so, because if this was the end of the road, it would also mean the end of Rhodesia the country."

    REPORTER: "Now, he's linked a long length of differences between his own government and the African National Congress. To begin with, do you agree with that summary of the differences?"

    SITHOLE: "Well, we do not agree with the summary of the differences completely, but there's no doubt that there are differences between the government and the ANC., and this is where we had wanted negotiations. We can only have negotiations in order to iron out differences."

    REPORTER: "So what happens now?"

    SITHOLE: "Well we think that Ian Smith is going to be more reasonable than he has shown in his speech. Because we have got a greater responsibility, he has got the future of this country in his hands, and he will just have to negotiate without it if ever there is to be peace and harmony in this country."

    REPORTER: "Now he allegedly has said it's you who are being unreasonable -- the A.N.C. -- he says that the British Government has agreed on the 1971 proposal. His government remains unchanged in its endorsement of them, and that it's only the A.N.C. standing in the way. What do you say to this?"

    SITHOLE: "No it is no longer true. At one stage the British Government accepted the 1971 proposal as the basis on which Africans should accept changes, but it is only the revision of friends and the African Settlement Convention, the Rhodesian settlement forum are now accepting these proposals. Everyone else, including the Centre Party, which supported the proposals previously are now rejecting them as being inappropriate to the situation, and I think that Mr. Smith will have to take into account the fact that all these years, the African has been receiving concessions, and we are not going to stand in a position whereby we will always have to be given concessions. It is now a question of ironing out our differences and coming up with a Constitution that neither concedes to the Africans or to the Europeans."

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    Background: The first significant reaction to Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith's Anglo-Rhodesian speech came on Friday (29 June), in Salisbury from the publicity secretary of the African National Council (ANC), Mr. Edson Sithole.

    Mr. Sithole told newsmen he thought that Mr. Smith would act more reasonably than he spoke.

    Earlier on the same day, Mr. Smith told the House of Assembly that prospects of a settlement in the dispute were remote...and that he pinned the blame for it squarely on the British Government.

    Mr. Sithole gave his reaction to the statement.

    SYNOPSIS: In Salisbury on Friday, Rhodesia's Prime Minister, Ian Smith said he thought the Anglo-Rhodesian conflict was getting no better. He said that chances of a settlement were remote, and that the British Government was to blame. Later the same day, the publicity secretary of the African National Council, Mr. Edson Sithole, was asked how he felt about Mr. Smith's statement.

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