Rhodesian Prime Minster, Mr. Ian Smith, the chairman of the constitutional conference on Rhodesia, Mr.?
GV EXTERIOR "Palais des Nations"
GV Richards out of car and into building
GV Smith into building
CU Nesmen waiting
GV Smith out of building
CU Smith talks to newsmen
CU Ivor richard speaking to newsmen
SMITH: "A little bit of progress, I don't want to exaggerate. We've got problems."
REPORTER: "What are these problems?"
SMITH: "Differences of opinion between our interpretation of what has taken place and what the other side believe. It basically hinges on the Kissinger agreement, whether we abide by that or whether we don't. There are some people who are trying to pretend that there is no agreement, but we believe there was."
REPORTER: "Are you going to stay for the conference if these problems aren't sorted out?"
SMITH: "I've got a lot of confidence."
RICHARD: "I'm optimistic, yes, I think so. There's clearly scope here for agreement but it will take a lot of very hard bargaining. And I assume, frankly, that that's what everybody's here to try and achieve."
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Background: Rhodesian Prime Minster, Mr. Ian Smith, the chairman of the constitutional conference on Rhodesia, Mr. Ivor Richard, concluded their opening round of preliminary talks in Geneva on Saturday (23 October).
SYNOPSIS: the two men met in the Palais des Nations, the United Nations' European headquarters.
Mr. Richard will conduct several rounds of preliminary discussions with all parties before the conference to decide how rhodesia's white minority should hand over power to the country's six million blacks, starts.
Mr. smith used the meeting to again stress that he had accepted U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger's peace package in total. He is adamant that the Kissinger plan is not open to negotiation. After 90 minutes of talks, Mr. Smith emerged to hold a brief news conference on what had been achieved.