Rhodesia's Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith has vowed to carry on governing under the country's?
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CU Smith speaks on television
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CU Commander Chris Phillipe speaks
SMITH: The report of the Pearce commission says that the overwhelming majority of Europeans, Asians and Coloureds in Rhodesia oppose the settlement. So do a considerable number of Africans who realise the benefits that would flow from the agreement. In the event, however, Lord Pearce ad his colleagues formed the opinion that a majority of Africans are opposed to the settlement, and from this they have concluded that the people of Rhodesia as a whole do not accept the proposals.
MUZOREWA: This "no" victory is an opportunity....an opportunity for the whole country now to build a thing that is...a situation that is healthy. And we take it, as I've already said here, as a remarkable thing that a majority of us, and it's not Africans, it's not us alone,it's not whites alone, but the majority who have come to score a "no" verdict. I should want to look at this as an opportunity to start a positive and...building up a democratic society.
PHILLIPS: I think the result is entirely as we expected. Anyone who met Lord Pearce couldn't possibly fail to be impressed by him as a representative of the British judiciary, and that he would undoubtedly find exactly in accordance with the evidence which was put before him. And the evidence was so overwhelming, that...on the part of the Africans, that I'm quite sure he had no option but to find as he did.
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Background: Rhodesia's Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith has vowed to carry on governing under the country's existing constitution, despite the report of the Pearce Commission that a majority of Rhodesian people had turned down the latest British-Rhodesian findings in a statement.
The President of the African National Council, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, at a press conference, saw new opportunities in the report.
Commander Chris Phillips, leader of the newly-formed Right-wing Democratic Party, also gave his opinion of the report.