British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home has begun his series of talks with Rhodesian leaders aimed at bringing the gap between the two countries over a Rhodesian independence settlement.
GV PAN airport terminal and crowd
MV Home down steps and greeted
MV Crowds on balcony with Union Jack
SV Home, wife and party across tarmac (2 shots)
STV Home and pressmen
SCU Home speaking (SOUND ON FILM)
MV Rhodes statue PAN TO Prime Minister's Office (2 shots)
MV PAN Home arrives (2 shots)
MV Home out of car and greeted and into building
GV & SCU Smith and Home on steps (4 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME (SEQ. 6): "My purpose in coming here is to try and create the conditions under which Rhodesia will be accepted back into the international community. That is in the interests of all of us if that can be achieved. And secondly, I would like to see a settlement which would assist all Rhodesians of all races to take a full and constructive part in the future of this country which ought to have such a great prospect ahead of it. Now I cannot possibly say whether we shall succeed in meeting these objectives. But all I can say is that I shall try, on my part, very hard. Finally may I ask that your rain reminds me of home."
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Background: British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home has begun his series of talks with Rhodesian leaders aimed at bringing the gap between the two countries over a Rhodesian independence settlement.
Sir Alec and top British and Rhodesian officials will spend a week of hard bargaining in an effort to resolve the independence issue.
Britain's latest attempt to negotiate a settlement of the dispute triggered by Rhodesia's seizure of independence in 1965, began on Monday (November 15) shortly after the Foreign Secretary's arrival in Salisbury with a 90 minute meeting between Sir Alec and Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of Rhodesians, waving the Union Jack, packed the airport terminal at Salisbury on Monday for the arrival of British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas Home.
The Royal Air Force VC-10 jet carrying Sir Alec, Lady Douglas-Home, the British Attorney-General, Sir Peter Rawlinson and Lord Goodman, touched down in drizzling rain. They were greeted by Justice Minister, Desmond Lardner-Burke.
Later a crowd of about one thousand Rhodesians, both black and white, gathered outside Milton Buildings, headquarters of the Smith Administration, to watch Sir Alec arrive to begin the crucial negotiations. The talks aimed at breaking the six-year-old deadlock are expected to last for a week.
The deadlock was triggered by Rhodesia's seizure of independence in 1965.
A few minutes after Sir Alec's arrival he emerged again with the Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, to pose for press photographers. No details of the progress of the negotiations have been released.