Rhodesian leader Ian Smith says his troops will continue to attack guerrilla camps unless the Patriotic Front forces reduce their activity.
CU Rhodesian leader Ian Smith speaking in English (3 shots)
SMITH: "We were disappointed that the United States administration would not join with us there and then yesterday, in view of the fact that we have come to an agreement to hold an all-party conference, that a general call should go out to end the fighting. They believe that the time is inopportune, that they should wait for the conference. I made it clear to them that they could not with one breath complain to us that we were attacking terrorist bases, and in the next to refuse to join in an appeal for the war to end, because if they do that their complaints ring hollow. We made it clear to them that we will match any decrease from the terrorists, but if there is not decrease then of course our attacks on terrorist camps will continue. We have made it clear that we will continue with our present internal exercise. There will be no holding back on that, in case this new initiative fails. We have been caught before, by the United States and British administrations. So we're on our guard and we watch every move they make, like hawks. Our present internal settlement goes on, and if these people do not produce the goods we arrive at....our destination as we are now going. As far as Nkomo and Mugabe ??? concerned, we are not interested in them. In fact, we would be happier if they weren't at the conference. We believe the conference should be between the United States and British governments and ourselves. But if the United States and British governments want to bring Nkomo and Mugabe along, tagging onto them, that's their business and we've made this clear."
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Background: Rhodesian leader Ian Smith says his troops will continue to attack guerrilla camps unless the Patriotic Front forces reduce their activity. A number of camps in Zambia and Mozambique have come under attack from the Rhodesians, who claim to have killed hundreds of guerrillas. Mr. Smith said the United States and Britain had agreed to support all-party talks on Rhodesia's future -- even if some of the parties did not attend. Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of one wing of the Patriotic Front, has refused to take part in the talks. But despite the agreement reached during his visit to the United States, Mr. Smith told reporters on his return to Salisbury that the trip hadn't been entirely successful.