• Short Summary

    RHODESIA WAS TODAY (TUESDAY) STILL ON ITS STORMY INDEPENDENCE COURSE AFTER THE REJECTION BY ITS BREAKAWAY GOVERNMENT OF A BRITISH PLAN TO END THE YEAR-OLD CRISIS.

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    CROWD WAITING AT SALISBURY AIRPORT; SMITH ARRIVAL; SMITH ARRIVING FOR MONDAY'S CABINET MEETING.




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    Background: RHODESIA WAS TODAY (TUESDAY) STILL ON ITS STORMY INDEPENDENCE COURSE AFTER THE REJECTION BY ITS BREAKAWAY GOVERNMENT OF A BRITISH PLAN TO END THE YEAR-OLD CRISIS. THE RHODESIAN LEADER, MR. IAN SMITH, ANNOUNCED HIS WHITE-MINORITY GOVERNMENT'S DECISION YESTERDAY. MR. SMITH HAD FLOWN BACK INTO SALISBURY ON SUNDAY EVENING AFTER TWO DAYS' TALKS WITH THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. HAROLD WILSON, ABOARD A BRITISH NAVAL CRUISER OFF GIBRALTAR. YESTERDAY HE PRESENTED MR. WILSON'S PROPOSALS TO HIS CABINET, AND AFTER AN ALL-DAY MEETING, HE ANNOUNCED: "THE FIGHT GOES ON."
    IN ANNOUNCING HIS REJECTION, MR. SMITH EXPLAINED HIS GOVERNMENT WAS PREPARED TO ACCEPT PROPOSALS FOR FULFILLING BRITAIN'S SIX PRINCIPLES FOR AN INDEPENDENT RHODESIA BUT REJECTED THE PROPOSED WAYS OF PUTTING A CONSTITUTIONAL SETTLEMENT INTO EFFECT. THESE INCLUDED A PROPOSAL THAT THE RHODESIAN PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE DISSOLVED AND LEGISLATIVE POWERS PUT IN THE HANDS OF THE BRITISH-APPOINTED GOVERNOR, SIR HUMPHREY GIBBS, WHOSE AUTHORITY IS NOT RECOGNISED BY THE SMITH REGIME. ANOTHER REJECTED PROPOSAL WAS THAT CONTROL OF THE ARMED FORCES SHOULD RETURN TO THE GOVERNOR.

    MR. WILSON'S REACTION IN LONDON LAST NIGHT WAS TO ANNOUNCED HE WAS SENDING THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR. GEORGE BROWN, TO NEW YORK TODAY TO ASK THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL FOR SANCTIONS. MR. SMITH HAS THREATENED TO DECLARE RHODESIA A REPUBLIC IF BRITAIN HANDS THE DISPUTE OVER TO THE U.N.

    UNDER THE BRITISH PROPOSALS, MR. SMITH WOULD HAVE CONTINUED IN OFFICE AS LEADER OF A BROADLY-BASED GOVERNMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAHYZXODHMFXM9VMJ9QFA2W7XN
    Media URN:
    VLVAHYZXODHMFXM9VMJ9QFA2W7XN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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