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    U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim on Wednesday (1 June) condemned Rhodesia's raid into Mozambique and called?

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    CU: United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim speaking in English at U.N.

    CU: Rhodesian premier Ian Smith speaking to reporter in Salisbury, Rhodesia.

    WALDHEIM: "I am deeply concerned over the gravity and dimension of the latest violation of the territorial integrity of Mozambique by the armed forces of the illegal regime in South Rhodesia. I strongly condemn this serious provocation which has dangerous consequences for a whole of the region. In view of the urgency of the situation, I have discussed this matter with the British Foreign Secretary who has informed me of the steps taken by the United Kingdom government to secure an end to these aggressive acts. I also discussed the matter with President of the United Nations Security Council. I wish to make it clear that the international community cannot accept such a blatant disregard for the principles of the United Nations charter. The illegal regime must withdraw its forces from the territory of Mozambique immediately and without conditions. There can be no doubt that the United Nations remains unshakeably committed to an early settlement of the Rhodesian problem on the basis of majority rule. These deliberate acts of violence can only serve to exacerbate the situation, wider the are of conflict and create new obstacles for such a settlement."

    SMITH: It's the kind of thing that we're growing to expect. Its people who have one standard for themselves and one for Rhodesians. This what we don't understand.

    BARRON: "You think its a hypocritical reaction obviously."

    SMITH: "Well it is, if you look at the facts."

    BARRON: "Mr Smith would you accept that your security forces by seizing this town in Mozambique may have jeopardized the settlement efforts?"

    SMITH: "No, I can't understand that line of thinking. Because after all we've gone there purely in attempt to try to defend the lives of innocent Rhodesians, haven't we. Its a defensive operation, I don't think the people in this world should be criticised for doing something to ensure the safety of the innocent civilians. That's all that we've done."

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    Background: U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim on Wednesday (1 June) condemned Rhodesia's raid into Mozambique and called for the immediate withdrawal of Rhodesian forces. from the territory. Meanwhile in Rhodesia, Prime Minister Ian Smith told BBC reporter Brian Barron that they were defending the lives of 'innocent Rhodesian civilians', and he criticised the world's "double standards???". The Rhodesian government sent forces deep into Mozambique on May the 30th, and claimed to have destroyed three camps, killing 41 guerrillas. The troops are still said to be holding the town of Mapai.

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