Rhodesia: Wishes & Reality

The message came from Sir Humphrey Gibbs, who for five months has lived in virtual isolation as the British Governor of rebel Rhodesia. It was directed to Harold Wilson, and its contents were secret, but it sent Wilson's personal envoy Oliver Wright flying into Salisbury for talks with Prime Minister Ian Smith. What were the talks all about? "To see whether a basis for negotiations genuinely exists" was all that Wilson would tell the British Parliament last week, and Smith was equally evasive. "We are always prepared to take part in constructive...

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