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Several black African states have warned that Dr. Kissinger's mission on southern Africa's future may be the last chance of finding a peaceful solution to the troubled region. Tanzania has expressed doubts on whether Dr. Kissinger will achieve success and Zambia has warned that crisis dates from the unilateral declaration of independence from the United Kingdom by Mr. Smith and his government in 1965 -- an attempt to perpetuate the rule of 270,000 whites over, 6,000,000 blacks. Black, nationalists have now stepped up guerrilla warfare to try and win majority rule on the battlefield.
KISSINGER: "I presented to the Rhodesian delegation the joint United States - British views on the subject political and economic future of Rhodesia. I presented also in detail the views of the presidents of black Africa as to the essentials of a settlement in Rhodesia. The Rhodesian delegation has now returned to their hotel to study and to reflect on these considerations. At five o'clock a smaller group of Rhodesians, the Prime Minister of South Africa, and some colleagues and I are going to meet at the residence of the Prime Minister of South Africa to receive the reactions of the Rhodesian delegation to the considerations that ware put before them."
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Background: Day long talks between the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and the Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, ended on Sunday (19 September) with hopes of a peaceful settlement of the Rhodesian question. Mr. Smith has now returned to Salisbury to in the South African capital, Pretoria.
SYNOPSIS: The unprecedented talks between Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Smith began at the American Embassy. Some black African heads of state has questioned the wisdom of the Secretary of State talking to the rebel Rhodesian Prime Minister. They argued to do so would lend credibility to his regime in the eyes of the world. However, Dr. Kissinger said latter that he felt Mr. Smith had reacted favourably to his proposals for peace.
Dr. Kissinger is also in Pretoria to discuss the future of Namibia (South West Africa) but Sunday's talks centre' on Rhodesia. South African Prime Minister, Dr. John Vorster, couldn't attend the embassy talks. But the three men met together later in the day after dr. Kissinger briefed reporters on the earlier meeting.
Asked by Reuters whether his statement of "favourable reaction" signalled a breakthrough, Dr. Kissinger replied, "I think my statement speaks for itself". However, neither Dr. Kissinger nor Mr. Smith made any comment on details of their discussions and whether agreement had been reached on black majority rule.