The six-year rebellion of Rhodesia against the British crown ended yesterday (Wednesday), when Rhodesian Prime Minister Dan Smith signed an agreement with British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home that recognises Rhodesian independence.
GV PAN..crowd outside Prime Minister's Office
GV Sir Alec and Lord Goodman into office
GV Rhodesian flag
SV Sir Alec and Mr. Smith our of office, shaking hands, waving to crowd
SV Crowd clapping, PAN back to Sir Alec and Lady Home saying goodbye to Mr. Smith and others
GV Crowd cheering
GV Sir Alec's car away
SV Mr. Smith talks to reporter
GV Statue of Cecil John Rhodes
GV Crowd round newspaper stand
CU Newspaper poster "It's Yes"
SV's people reading newspapers(2 shots)
GV People round newspaper-stand
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 8: REPORTER: QUESTION: "What kind of a settlement is it? Is it like the other suggested settlement?"
SMITH: "Well, I suppose this depends on just whereabouts you find yourself in respect to it. It's going to be a good settlement for a lot of people."
QUESTION: "When do you think majority rule will come, Sir?"
SMITH: "Aha. We have already got responsible majority rule in Rhodesia."
QUESTION: "Is it going to stay that way?"
QUESTION: "How do you see the Rhodesia of the future, Sir?"
SMITH: "It's getting better every day. Righto, chaps".
Initials ES.1.17 ES.1.04
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The six-year rebellion of Rhodesia against the British crown ended yesterday (Wednesday), when Rhodesian Prime Minister Dan Smith signed an agreement with British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home that recognises Rhodesian independence.
But a British spokesman said that the new agreement fully accorded with the five principles which the British have always demanded for a settlement. These include unimpeded progress to end racial discrimination and to promote black majority rule.
Details didn't come until later. And when Visnews filmed the two leaders at the end of the Salisbury negotiations, Mr. Smith was cautious in his reply to questions:
SYNOPSIS: The week-long suspense in Salisbury reached its climax on Wednesday, as British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home arrived to wind up his talks with Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith. For six years, since Rhodesia's declaration of independence, the country has been on a state of rebellion against the British crown.
Sir Alec and Mr. Smith emerged from some hard bargaining with a new agreement to end the six-year dispute. Details did not come until later. But the British were pledged to reach an agreement that fulfilled the so-called five principles. These include conditions which have proved a stumbling block to past negotiations -- including unimpeded progress to end racial discrimination and to promote black majority rule. But on his return to Britain, Sir Alec was able to say that existing electoral qualifications will be lowered to allow more and more Africans onto the voting register until parity is reached.
After Sir Alec had left, Mr. Smith was non-committal to on-the-spot questions:
So the country founded by Cecil Rhodes starts a new chapter of its history. As Rhodesia progresses towards electoral parity for the African population, Britain will assist the country's economy by providing fifty million pounds in aid over ten years. On Thursday, Mr. Smith presented his parliament with a White Paper looking ahead to political parity at an undefined date, with possible subsequent progress to black majority rule.