The citizens of Rhodesia have had a mixed reaction to the talks between United States Secretary of State, Dr.
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The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, will meet South African Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, early next week for talks about southern Africa. The talks may determine the success or failure of Dr. Henry Kissinger's attempts to bring black and white together in southern Africa.
MORTON: "What do you think of the talks between Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Vorster?"
CITIZEN: "Well, when I can find out something about them I'd be able to answer the question. But I don't like the way its being done at the moment because we know nothing about it".
MORTON: "How would you like to see such talks being conducted?"
CITIZEN: "Well at least with the people involved and we're not being discussed at all".
MORTON: "You mean you'd like to see the Rhodesian government included?"
AFRICAN: "I want to see the Africans involved in their own country, the African majority rule, to rule their own country".
MORTON: "And you don't think Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Vorster can help?"
AFRICAN: "I don't think--there's no help about this, they're talking only. There's no help giving peace".
MORTON: (TO WHITE WOMAN) "Do you think the best people are running the country at the moment?"
WOMAN: "Yes, but the best people don't necessarily have to be white, do they?"
MORTON: "So you'd like to see the Africans taking a greater role?"
WOMAN: "I think they can take a greater part, if they're if they're qualified to do so".
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Background: The citizens of Rhodesia have had a mixed reaction to the talks between United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and South African Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, on the future of southern Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Many white people said they did not like the talks because Rhodesia was not directly involved. The Rhodesian government has already said it would have no part of a solution forced on it from outside. Visnews reporter Chris Morton spoke to some Rhodesians.
Many blacks doubted that the talks would lead to majority rule, while some whites said blacks should have a greater role in government.