RHODESIA: Ian Smith: 'A Bit Cynical'

Rhodesia moved a step closer last week to the transfer of political power from its 273,000 whites to majority rule. In London, British Foreign Secretary David Owen announced the outlines of a new U.S.-backed diplomatic initiative, aimed at obtaining agreement between Prime Minister Ian Smith's government and the rival black nationalist factions on a new constitution guaranteeing representation to the country's 6.3 million blacks. A jointly sponsored Rhodesian constitutional conference this summer will be postponed; instead, an Anglo-American "consultative group" will carry on bilateral negotiations with all parties likely to be involved in a future settlement. But the goal...

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