• Short Summary

    MR. LEN IDENSOHN, WHO RESIGNED FROM THE SOUTHERN RHODESIAN REBEL GOVERNMENT TO CREATE A NEW?

  • Description


    MR. IDENSOHN SPEAKING; MR. SMITH OUT OF CAR AND SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: IDENSOHN: I FEEL THAT ANYONE WHO HAS HAD ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THE AFRICANS WAY OF THINKING WILL REALISE THAT HE DETESTS WEAKNESS AND I THINK THIS IS COMMON AMONGST MOST PEOPLE AND HE HAS SEEN THAT RATHER LUDICROUS SITUATION WHERE WE SUPPLY HIM WITH VIRTUALLY THE LIFE BLOOD TO KEEP HIS COUNTRY GOING AND HE SITS THERE IN COMPLETE ARROGANCE AND (INAUDIBLE).



    REPORTER: WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TO TALKS AIMED AT A SETTLEMENT WITH BRITAIN. DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD BECOME A REPUBLIC IMMEDIATELY.



    IDENSOHN: DEALING WITH THE TALKS FIRST I FEEL THAT ANYONE WHO TALKS WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT YOU WILL ONLY HAVE TREACHERY IN RETURN I THINK THIS HAS BEEN PROVED (INAUDIBLE) AND SECONDLY I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A REPUBLIC IMMEDIATELY WE DECLARED OUR INDEPENDENCE.



    REPORTER: MR. PRIME MINSTER WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE (INAUDIBLE).



    SMITH: I DON'T KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT IT I CAN ASSURE YOU BUT I THINK THIS IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE I THINK IT'S TIME THAT IT BECAME CLEAR TO THE PEOPLE OF RHODESIA AND I THINK THAT THERE ARE PROBABLY QUITE A FEW PEOPLE WHO ARE ATTACHED TO THE RHODESIAN FRONT TODAY WHO SHOULD NOT BE THERE BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THEY REALLY SUBSCRIBE TO OUR POLICY AND PRINCIPLES AND I THINK THE BEST THING FOR THEM TO DO IS PUT THEIR CARDS ON THE TABLE MAYBE FOR TOO LONG WE HAVEN'T BEEN QUITE AS HONEST AS WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN.



    REPORTER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.




    Initials TS/V/BOB/OS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MR. LEN IDENSOHN, WHO RESIGNED FROM THE SOUTHERN RHODESIAN REBEL GOVERNMENT TO CREATE A NEW RIGHT-WING OPPOSITION PARTY, YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) CAME OUT AGAINST FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS WITH BRITAIN OVER INDEPENDENCE. BUT THE LEADER OF THE ILLEGAL REGIME MR. IAN SMITH DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN WORRIED BY THE FORMATION OF AN OPPOSITION.

    A COMPLETE AND FINAL BREAK WITH BRITAIN IS ONLY ONE OF THE POINTS ON WHICH MR. IDENSOHN DIFFERS FROM MR. SMITH'S POLICIES. HE FAVOURS A SWIFT MOVE TOWARDS A REPUBLIC, A STERN ATTITUDE TOWARDS ZAMBIA FOR ALLEGEDLY ALLOWING GUERRILLAS TO USE THE COUNTRY AS A BASE, AND A RACIAL POLICY RESEMBLING SOUTH AFRICA'S APARTHEID.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5DLV56GN1SYMH2XXR0UJ1L2YB
    Media URN:
    VLVA5DLV56GN1SYMH2XXR0UJ1L2YB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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