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    THE LEADER OF THE ILLEGAL RHODESIAN REGIME, MR. IAN SMITH, IN A NEWS CONFERENCE IN?

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    SALISBURY PARLIAMENT BUILDING; SMITH SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: SMITH: I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE IF I DEALT WITH ONE PARTICULAR QUESTION WHICH I THINK SEEMS TO BE CONCERNING MOST PEOPLE, AND THAT IS OUR NEXT CONSTITUTIONAL MOVE, QUESTION OF A REPUBLIC, AND TELL YOU THAT I HAVE NOT YET HAD THE OPINION OF LEGAL ADVISERS, MY CONSTITUTIONAL ADVISERS ON WHAT TOOK PLACE AT THE UNITED NATIONS LAST WEEK. IN FACT, WHEN I LAST HEARD FROM THEN, THAT WAS YESTERDAY, THEY HAD NOT EVEN YESTERDAY RECEIVED THE OFFICIAL REPORT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS. MAYBE IT ARRIVED, YESTERDAY. HOWEVER, I WOULD SAY THIS TO YOU, JUDGING FROM THE REPORTS IN THE NEWSPAPERS, WHICH I HAVE READ, IT WOULD SEEN TO ME THAT WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT THE ACTION TAKEN BY BRITAIN, AND THE RESOLUTION THAT WAS PASSED LAST FRIDAY HAS PUT US IN THE POSITION THAT WE WILLY NILLY BECAME A REPUBLIC AT THAT TIME. NOW I BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE I THINK THAT REALLY MR. WILSON, LIKE IT OR NOT, HE WAS STAMPEDED INTO WHAT HAPPENED AT THE UNITED NATIONS. AND SO IT DOES SEEM TO ME THAT THEY HAVE PUT US IN THE POSITION WHERE FROM FRIDAY OR SATURDAY LAST WE ARE IPSO FACTO IN THE POSITION OF BEING NO LONGER UNDER THE CONTROL OF BRITAIN, AND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES I WOULD SAY NO LONGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH, AND IF THAT IS THE POSITION THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE WE BECOME BAR A REPUBLIC.




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    Background: THE LEADER OF THE ILLEGAL RHODESIAN REGIME, MR. IAN SMITH, IN A NEWS CONFERENCE IN SALISBURY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) SAID HE BELIEVED THAT 'LIKE IT OR NOT' RHODESIA HAD BECOME A REPUBLIC.

    MR. SMITH MADE HIS COMMENTS ON THE FUTURE OF RHODESIA IN A STATEMENT PRECEDING A GENERAL NEWS CONFERENCE. HE MADE IT CLEAR, HOWEVER, THAT HE WAS SPEAKING WITHOUT HAVING LEARNED THE ADVICE OF GOVERNMENT LEGAL ADVISERS.

    MR. SMITH'S REFERENCES TO RHODESIAN REPUBLICANISM HAVE NOT MET WITH ANY VISIBLE SIGNS OF JUBILATION AMONG THE RHODESIAN PEOPLE. THE REBEL LEADER SAID THAT HIS REGIME WOULD POSSIBLY SEEK A MANDATE FROM THE RHODESIAN ELECTORATE BEFORE A REPUBLIC WAS DECLARED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACN25UQ69NZJWPNZ61Y7X4TSBW
    Media URN:
    VLVACN25UQ69NZJWPNZ61Y7X4TSBW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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