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    The Commonwealth Relations Secretary, Mr. George Thomson, returned to London tonight (Saturday) after his tour?

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    Mr. Thomson being interviewed (Sound on Film).

    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: Mr. Thomson, what have you managed to achieve in your talk with Mr. Smith?

    THOMSON: I think that most positive achievement has been to clarify Mr. Smith's attitude on certain essential questions associated with the constitutional problems between Rhodesia and ourselves. These are clarifications we have been looking for a long time without success, and now that I have obtained them I want to of course go back and first of all report to the Prime Minister and my Cabinet colleagues.

    REPORTER: It has been reported that new difficulties have arisen, difficulties which have arisen since the Tiger talks. What are they?

    THOMSON: I think it is fair to say that now we have clarified Mr. Smith's attitude on these matters it does present new difficulties in the way of an acceptable and honourable settlement. I don't want to go into the details of this at the moment because we did undertake that both sides would study and analyse what the very thorough and painstaking talks have shown. As I say, I want to report first of all to the Prime Minister.

    REPORTER: Well, despite the reporter cordiality of your personal dealings with Mr. Smith, his UDI anniversary speech has been described as the most violent anti-British speech yet. How does this match up to your hopes for a settlement?

    THOMSON: Well, I have just been shown extracts of it as I got off the 'plane. I must say I was pretty surprised. It doesn't seem to make any contribution towards search for a settlement.


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    Background: The Commonwealth Relations Secretary, Mr. George Thomson, returned to London tonight (Saturday) after his tour of Africa, and said that detailed studies would have to be made of his discussions with the rebel Rhodesian leader, Mr. Ian Smith.

    Mr. Thomson said one of the achievements of the discussions was to clarify Mr. Smith's attitude on certain constitutional matters disputed by Britain and Rhodesia.

    Asked about Mr. Smith's attack on Britain today, Mr. Thomson said he was surprised at the tone of the remarks which did not contribute to a settlement of the dispute between Britain and Rhodesia over Rhodesia's illegal independence.

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