Rhodesia: Mission to London

As traitors to the British Crown, the three Rhodesians who arrived in London last week technically faced the penalty of death by hanging. Instead, they were met at London Airport by plainclothesmen and whisked away to an obscure hotel. The three men were representatives of Ian Smith's rebellious white-minority government, and they came on a special safe-conduct dispensation to commence what the British press called "talks about talks," which Prime Minister Harold Wilson hoped might lead to Rhodesia's ending its six-month rebellion and rejoining the Commonwealth.

The instigation for the meetings had...

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