RHODESIA: Britain's Owen-a Fresh Start

Although South Africa's leaders remain intransigent about black rights, there were some new signs of hope for Rhodesia. The problem there has been how to arrange a transition to majority rule by the 6.2 million blacks in a way that is acceptable to the 270,000 whites. Prime Minister Ian Smith and his party, the Rhodesian Front, have accepted the principle of majority rule, but a first round of settlement talks in Geneva foundered last January over the makeup of an interim government for the breakaway colony.

Last week U.S. and British diplomats were...

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