The Anglo-American envoys trying to settle the Rhodesia majority-rule question, Dr. david Owen and Mr.?
GV INTERIOR Journalists seated facing Anglo-American Rhodesia envoys David Owen and Andrew Young
SV Dr. Owen speaking to newsmen
SCU Young speaking to newsmen
SV Owen speaking to newsmen
OWEN: "We will be asking for the Security Council to brief the Secretary General to appoint a representative to enter into the negotiations and discussions about the security situation, law and order, and above all the achievement of a negotiated ceasefire. It's not....it's for the Secretary General and the U.N. to decide who it should be, but I think, from my discussions with Dr. Waldheim, that he was thinking in terms of appointing a person who might become the commander of a UN force."
YOUNG: "There's no question that we're committed to see this process through to the end. It seems to us to be the only way to avoid the kind of imminent chaos that not only affects Rhodesia....threatens Rhodesia...but threatens the whole of Southern Africa."
OWEN: "The election is a strange election. I don't know what it's achieved, but one thing, if you ask most people, is that they wouldn't really know what they were voting on. People who were there during the election, and others, have said to me, that they felt, for the first time in Rhodesia, that there was real yearning for a settlement. If that is true, and the more the Rhodesians look at this, I have no doubt that the vast majority of the population -- when you think of it, it's over six million -- will have no doubt that they want to go down this far. The problem is the white minority -- the very small electorate which in fact voted in that election. Now how many of them will really want a settlement? How many people who are fighting, either territorial or people in the active forces, really are beginning to realise that a settlement is what is the only outcome."
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Background: The Anglo-American envoys trying to settle the Rhodesia majority-rule question, Dr. david Owen and Mr. Andrew Young, are back in Britain after their African tour trying to persuade all sides to accept their latest peace proposals. At the Foreign Office in London on Friday (2 September), less than 24 hours after meeting Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith in Salisbury, they spoke newsmen. They both appeared adamant to follow through with this latest attempt to end the 12-year-old Rhodesian rebellion, although Wednesday's general election there put Mr. Smith and the Rhodesian Front firmly back in power.
SYNOPSIS: The next step, Dr. Owen said, was to contact the United Nations.
Mr. Young said it was the only chance of avoiding a threat to the whole area.
But what about the election, Dr. Owen was asked.