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    INTRODUCTION: The British chairman of the Geneva peace conference on Rhodesia, Mr. Ivor Richard, is?

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    GV EXTERIOR Foreign Minister's office, Nairobi, Kenya (Natural Sound)

    SV INTERIOR Rhodesia Geneva Conference Chairman, Ivor Richard and Kenyan Foreign Minister Dr. Munyua Waiyaki seated. (Natural Sound)

    SV PAN Officials, Waiyaki and Richard. (Natural Sound)

    GV EXTERIOR British High Commission. (Mute)

    SCU Richard addressing news conference. (2 shots) (English Speech)

    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5) IVOR RICHARD: "Everybody seems to assume that I am being excessively, indeed irrationally, almost naively optimistic about the progress of the peace talks and the possibility of a settlement. I have been saying since September, when I first got involved in this, exactly the same as I am saying now. I don't think I've changed my basic position, my belief, one iota. The only thing I would say is that it's interesting that Mr. van der Byl perhaps doesn't think very much of the prospect. I've had the opportunity of talking to all the front-line presidents, Mr. Vorster and some of the nationalist leaders, a fairly powerful group of major African countries concerned with this problem. None of them have said to me that a peaceful settlement is impossible. None of them have said that Geneva is a waste of time. All of them have wishes me well in the task that we are trying to achieve here. All of them want a peaceful settlement. Now is depends whether you look at that spread of views and you put Mr. van der Byl's views in one balance and if it weighs down so heavily, then ignore the views of perhaps 80 percent of the distinguished people that I've had the chance of talking to. Of course there's a problem, nobody denies that. This is an unpalatable time, no doubt, for Mr Smith and his colleagues.

    Mr. van der Byl is not noted for his verbal reticence, and I should imagine that one must view what he said, elegantly phrased as always, in the light of what one knows about Mr. van der Byl himself. As it is, I think the evidence for a settlement is there, I've been saying this for six months, and the great problems that we're having I've slotted them together. But I'm not awfully impressed at the oral manouevrings of Mr. van der Byl, and we had a number of them in Geneva, they didn't impress me there either."


    Mr. van der Byl has consistently taken a hard line against black nationalist leaders at the Geneva peace talks, and has firmly bolstered Mr. Smith's insistence that any settlement should be based on the peace proposals put forward by United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger.

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The British chairman of the Geneva peace conference on Rhodesia, Mr. Ivor Richard, is continuing his African tour for further talks in his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the problem. Mr. Richard was in Nairobi, Kenya, for a weekend of what he termed rest and reflection - but during his visit he launched an uncharacteristically sharp attack on Rhodesian Foreign Minister Pieter van der Byl, who's played a major role in the conference so far.

    SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (8 January) Mr. Richard was at the Kenyan Foreign Ministry for talks with Foreign Minister, Dr. Munyua Waiyaki. He briefed Dr. Waiyaki on his African tour, during which he has had talks with the so-called "front line" black African leaders, and Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith and South African leader Mr. John Vorster. Later, at the British High Commission in Nairobi, Mr. Richard repeated his believe that a peaceful settlement to the problem was still possible.

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