ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 01, 1977
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(Studio) United Nations ambassador Andrew Young and British foreign secretary David Owen give Anglo-American plan for black major rule in Rhodesia to Prime Min. Ian Smith. Smith has just won resounding victory in national elections.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Salisbury, Rhodesia) Report on elections; Smith and party win all seats and he interprets this as message for US. [SMITH - says it would be stupid and irresponsible for anyone to disregard election results and think Rhodesians not united.]
REPORTER: Rex Ellis
(Salisbury, Rhodesia) young and Owen release details of plan and there are no surprises; details noted, include United Nations peace-keeping force and British admin. during transition. Smith says plan worth studying and that he might step down and give power back to British, under certain conditions. [SMITH - is prepared to give serious consideration to anything.] Young and Owen will meet with various ntlist. leaders here and next stop will be UN, where Britain will ask Security Council to approve plan and provide peace-keeping forces. 2 diplomats rptdly. convinced that pressures are building against Smith, and he'll be forced to step down and yield power back to British. Young and Owen didn't come here to get Smith's approval of plan, but to explain it to him; only choice he has is to make it easy or make it difficult.
REPORTER: Lou Cioffi