In London, the United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, had talks with the British Foreign Secretary, Dr.
GV & SV: UN flag flying outside conference building (TWO SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR: Waldheim and others at table in distance facing reporters
CU: Waldheim speaking
GV PAN: Reporters to Waldheim
SCU: Waldheim speaking
WALDHEIM: "As far as Rhodesia is concerned, Dr. Owen kept me informed of the British initiative, and has given me a number of interesting infirmations in this regard, but since the plan has not made public, and since the British government had not yet the opportunity to discuss those ideas with a number of interested parties, I do not consider it appropriate to elaborate on that question."
WALDHEIM: "I think that what is important is to make sure that such an approach gets the support of the parties concerned. I think that the Security Council would attach great importance if it is seized with this question to know whether or not the parties directly involved are willing to accept such an involvement; in other words, the consent or the readiness to co-operate by the parties concerned is of great importance to the decision of the Security Council, as far as I can see it from past experience."
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Background: In London, the United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, had talks with the British Foreign Secretary, Dr. David Owen on Thursday (25th August) on Southern Africa. Mr. Waldheim had come from Libya and after talks with the British Prime Minister James Callaghan was to fly on Friday (26th August) to Zurich.
SYNOPSIS: After the meeting with Dr. David Owen, Mr. Waldheim spoke about the new Anglo-American proposals for a negotiated Rhodesian independence settlement.
Mr. Waldheim also spoke on aspects of his talks with Dr. Owen that covered ways in which the United Nations might contribute to a Rhodesia settlement.