South African Prime Minister John Vorster celebrated ten years of leadership on Monday (13 September) by receiving Rhodesian Premier Ian Smith for their most crucial talks yet in eleven years of international controversy over the breakaway British colony.
GV: Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith arriving for talks with South African Prime Minister John Vorster.
SVs INTERIOR: Smith shaking hands with Vorster and officials watching. (4 shots)
CU and SVs: Mr. Vorster addressing a ruling Nationalist Party rally, Pretoria. (4 shots)
VORSTER: "South Africa, ladies and gentlemen, gave no orders to Rhodesia -- the Rhodesians are a proud people. They won't accept orders from South Africa or anybody else for that matter. I'm not prepared to prescribe ... prescribe....to any of my neighbours what their policy should be."
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Background: South African Prime Minister John Vorster celebrated ten years of leadership on Monday (13 September) by receiving Rhodesian Premier Ian Smith for their most crucial talks yet in eleven years of international controversy over the breakaway British colony. Mr. Vorster, preparing to receive United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger later in the week for talks on the ferment in white Southern Africa, at the same time publicly denied that he would ever pressure Rhodesia into any settlement.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Smith arrived in Pretoria, the South African capital, for final negotiations with Mr. Vorster before Dr. Kissinger arrived to negotiate his settlement plans. In essence, the proposals are to 'buy out' white Rhodesians with a fund of hard cash put up by Britain and the United States, in exchange for immediate majority rule. There would be conditions calculated to persuade the whites to stay and offer their skills for the first few years of majority rule. Meanwhile, as the death toll climbed daily in South Africa's thirteenth week of nationwide rioting, Dr.; Kissinger was already on the first stage of his African shuttle with visits to Tanzania and Zambia, to consult black African opinion. But at a ruling Nationalist Party rally on Monday night, Mr. Vorster said he would not pressure Rhodesia.