The British Government was asked Wednesday (31 May) to withdraw its representative in Salisbury, Mr.?
GV EXTERIOR..Old British Embassy building
SV PAN..from entrance to spot where coat of arms was once fixed
TRAVEL SHOT.. approaching Marimba House, and sign (2 shots)
SV Mr Mrs Ward walking in gardens of Marimba House (2 shots)
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Background: The British Government was asked Wednesday (31 May) to withdraw its representative in Salisbury, Mr. Alac Ward. The Rhodesian Government made the request because it had been refused similar facilities for a Rhodesian official in London.
A statement issued by the Office of the Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, said Mr. Ward would be leaving within the next few days.
The statement said the British representative had been allowed to remain ion Rhodesia to look after English affairs during the test of acceptability for the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement. After the Peace Commission report was published, Rhodesia made a request for reciprocal facilities. This request was denied and a s a result Mr. Ward was asked to leave.
Mr. Ward, a first secretary in Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, would not comment on the announcement.
SYNOPSIS: This was once the British Embassy in Salisbury, Rhodesia. Now it is all that remains to indicate that there was once an official British presence here. Wednesday the Rhodesian Government asked that the last British representative, Mr. Alec Ward, leave the country.
Marimba House is where British Diplomats used to reside. Mr. Ward has been here while looking after English affairs in Rhodesia. The Rhodesians permitted him to stay during the test of acceptability for the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement. Since the publishing of the Pearce Commission report, Rhodesia asked to have a representative in London. When this was refused they asked that Mr. Ward leave..... Mr. Ward and his wife are concluding their affairs in Salisbury and are expected to leave in a few days.