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Ian Smith

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I would be dishonest if I did not state quite clearly that the proposals which were put to us in Pretoria do not represent what in our view would be the best solution to Rhodesia's problems.
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Michael Knipe, "Mr Smith agrees to majority rule coming within two years", The Times, September 25, 1976, p. 1.
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Statement (September 24, 1976) on negotiations in South Africa which proposed a phased transition to majority rule.

 
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