Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, and South African counterpart, John Vorster, have again discussed the crucial and ongoing struggle for power in Rhodesia.
SV Prime Minister Ian Smith (left) leaves car and is greeted by South African Foreign Minister, Pik Botha
SV Botha and Smith entering room followed by remainder of group
SV Vorster and Smith sit down at table talking
SV Official at meeting
SV Cameramen and reporters waiting outside
CU Smith speaking followed by Botha speaking
SMITH: "We had a general discussion. I don't think one should say any more. We're dealing with very sensitive issues."
BOTHA: "We reviewed the situation, the Southern African situation up to the present time, and we've nothing to add to that, gentlemen, so it's no use putting any further questions. The answer will be no comment."
REPORTER: "Could you just tell us who.....(indistinct)."
BOTHA: "No, no, I've just said to you that there'll be no further answers at this present stage. Thank you very much."
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Background: Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, and South African counterpart, John Vorster, have again discussed the crucial and ongoing struggle for power in Rhodesia. The talks lasted for three hours and were held in Pretoria, South Africa, on Monday (12 September). It's understood the two leaders again considered the Anglo-American proposals which outline a plan to transfer power from white Rhodesian to black Rhodesian next year.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Smith was greeted by South African Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, when he arrived at Mr. Vorster's office in the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Mr. Botha was present at the talks between the two leaders.
South Africa effectively controls many of Rhodesia's trade routes. it's believed Mr. Vorster is under strong international pressure to help achieve a settlement. Mr. Smith's government was returned to power a couple of weeks ago, but most of his country's six million black people were not allowed to vote. After the talks with Mr. Vorster, Mr. Smith went to lunch with Rhodesian officials in the South African capital.