The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, has received and overwhelming endorsement for his leadership?
RHODESIA: GV Umtali street scene.
SV Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith (right) with officials on rostrum.
GV Rhodesian flag.
MV Mr.Smith speaking.
SOUTH AFRICA: GV Rugby match in progress between South Africa and New Zealand and crowd watching. (2 shots)
CO ZOOM OUT TO SV South African Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, Mr. Smith and others watching rugby match. (3 shots)
SV Official seal of United States Embassy in Pretoria.
SV U.S secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, enters U. S. Embassy with his party.
MV Black and mixed race (coloured) leaders seated at talks with Dr. Kissinger and aides. (4 shots)
CU Zulu leader, Chief Buthelezi speaking.
"We are going to go on together and they have confidence in myself and my cabinet and what we are doing. It was a very pleasing resolution. But I don't want to appear vain or arrogant. It was what I expected because I think it's a responsible bunch of people."
REPORTER: "Chief, can you tell us what you will be telling Dr. Kissinger?"
CHIEF BUTHELEZI "I think it is my first duty to tell him that things are just as bad in South Africa as they are in other parts of southern Africa. Because after all is said and done, the liberation movements that are in exile are already on the borders to. Just as the liberation movements in Zimbabwe are already on the borders. So that having said so therefore, I would also ask him to use his influence to defuse the situation here because he has already established some rapport with Mr. Vorster and I think he should use this influence to at least make Mr. Vorster at least agree to a multi-racial convention in South Africa for the people of this country so we can try and establish some formula together as peoples of this country."
Some black African statesmen have expressed pessimism about a successful outcome for Dr. Kissinger's peace mission. Both the Presidents of Zambia and Tanzania had talks earlier this week with the U.S. Secretary of State and warned him this was possibly the last chance of finding a peaceful solution.
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Background: The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, has received and overwhelming endorsement for his leadership from his ruling Rhodesian Front Party. Party confidence came at its annual conference in Umtali. The conference took place as United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, arrived in Pretoria on the third leg of his southern Africa peace mission.
SYNOPSIS: Umtali is the front line of a growing guerrilla war. It's within rocket range of nationalist guerrillas based across the border in Mozambique. However Mr. Smith didn't refer to the security situation - only his endorsement:
Mr. Smith then flew to the south African capital, Pretoria for more peace talks with the South African Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster. They broke their talks to attend a rugby match where they saw South Africa defeat the New Zealand All Blacks touring side. It was their only official scheduled meeting and there was no indication whether Mr. Smith would meet Dr. Kissinger.
Later, Dr. Kissinger went to the United States Embassy in Pretoria where he met black and coloured leaders. The talks came after Dr. Kissinger had more discussions with Mr. Vorster. Before meeting Dr. Kissinger Zulu leader, Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, spoke to reporters: