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    SCU. Mr. Smith portrait on wall, tilt down to Smith and Interviewer at table.



    CU.. Mr. Smith.???



    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): INT.. "Mr. Smith, how do you interpret the obvious political activity in British circles this weekend"



    Smith. "I think this is a sign, that the people of Britain and the politicians in particular rearising how serious this whole question of Rhodesia really is and I think they l have now come to the conclusion that we are serious as far as our Independence is concerned and if there was at any doubt then this is now behind us, with regards cost, and in view of the very close association we have had for so long, in view of the fact we have seen one of the loyalist part of the British Commonwealth and in view of the fact that I believe our policy is a very fair and reasonable on but it is not our intention to try to put the clock back. In view of all three things I believe that the people of Britain- and the politicians you have referred to will come to the conclusion that this is worth thinking about pretty seriously."



    INT.. "Well now Mr. Heath the Conservative leader has been at great pains to see you, how do you interpret this aspect."



    SMITH. "Feel of course Mr Heath is the leader of the opposition and it is as vital to the opposition as it is to the government, particularly with the majorities as they are at the moment, so Mr Heath I think is only following the footsteps of his processors in taking this tremendous interest in Rhodesia, and I would like to say that i appreciate this."



    INT... "Do you put any importance on the emergency resolution on Rhodesia to be presented to the Conservative Party conference in Brighten this next week."



    SMITH. "Yes again when this indicates how people like Lord Salisbury a very great Englishman, are strongly racial and I;m given to understand" that there is tremendous thought to this to this resolution that is going forward, all of these three things, you have mentioned indicate to me in no uncertain way that the people of Britain still think a lot about, Rhodesia more I would say the main in the street than perhaps the man in Parliament."



    INT.. "Has anything happened in the past three days Prime Minister to change your mind as to the inevitability of a Unilateral Declaration of Independence."



    SMITH.. "No I think the position is much clearer now than it has ever been this is really the significant factor that has come out of these talks, and we know precisely where we sand and where the British Government stand. So I suppose what has come out of the talks I suppose is that things are more Inevitable than before."



    INT... "Mr Smith you are leaving Britain tonight is there any word you would like to leave behind you."



    SMITH.."I don't think much more than I said a few days ago when I was asked such a question, as far as we are concerned our association with Britain and British peoples and our loyalty to the Crown and the Queen is exactly the same, and I think it always will be exactly the same, and I think it would be right for me to point cut to the British people again that we agreed with the British Government to accept the 1961 constitution as a basis for our Independence and we were prepared to accept similar resolutions in the new constitution for this is a constitution that inevitably leads to African Government, that under this constitution both African and Rhodesian has access to the vote Exactly the same as the European, this is still the position today and it will continue this way, for some reason or other the British Government think it is our intention to set things back, we have no intention of doing this. Our records for the past forty years show that we are prepared to play the game with these people, and of course it was over forty years ago that we were fist offered our Independence, we were given the option in nineteen twenty three of joining the Union of South Africa, that was Independence for us if we wanted it but we turned it down now after several other similar offers we believe the time has come for us to have our Independence if we are to preserve the British Christian civilisation in Rhodesia."



    INT... "Prime Minister thank you very much indeed."
    190 ft


    CU..Interviewer reading out questions. (For cutting purposes)
    222 ft



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    Film ID:
    VLVA9VGNRCBE66QQGXRHVQ3PXW1U1
    Media URN:
    VLVA9VGNRCBE66QQGXRHVQ3PXW1U1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:54:00
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    N/A

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