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Rhodesia / Smith Interview #250585

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 23, 1977
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(Studio) Report on race law reforms proposed to Rhodesia parliament today by Prime Min. Ian Smith.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Salisbury, Rhodesia) Details of plan presented to United States and Britain noted. (Interview with Smith shown.) Reporter notes recent developments with Smith's visit to South Africa Prime Min. John Vorster and British negotiator Ivor Richard going home for consultations; asks if new initiative being discussed. [SMITH - says he hopes so, but Rhodesia not incld. by British in discussions; notes his mtgs. with British prime minister in Mediterranean and says he doesn't know what's now being discussed in DC. Says he doesn't know how quick progress can be made this way.] Reporter asks with regard to talks with Vorster. [SMITH - cites subjects of talks with Vorster and Vorster presenting them to Americans and British. Says he can't say what proposals made. Says he's been led to believe this is topic of talks in DC; but doesn't know for sure.] Reporter asks what next. [SMITH - says there may be proposals acted on and major breakthrough in near future. Says he may get message through Vorster or British may decide they can talk directly to him.] If Americans and British agree to proposals and Smith's timetable met, by mid-summer Rhodesia's problems could be on way to solution. REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Studio) On Tuesday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves legislature to repeal Byrd amendment, which permits United States import of Rhodesian chrome. In interview, Smith says restoring ban on chrome import wouldn't affect Rhodesia racial stand. (Film shown.) [SMITH - says it won't have effect people say and country will have no trouble selling chrome.]
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger

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