The World: Reasoning Separately

As expected, the British government's Pearce Commission (TIME, May 22) formally reported last week that Rhodesia's 5 million blacks oppose the terms of a proposed settlement between Britain and its breakaway colony—in fact they reject it by more than 36 to 1.

What happens next? There will certainly be further negotiations, but not for a while. Prime Minister Ian Smith is in trouble with the right wing of his Rhodesian Front Party for having agreed to the settlement in the first place. His renunciations of the Pearce Commission—last week he accused it of "naivete and ineptness"—are intend ed to help him...

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