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BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 1, 1966 — The news of the planned meet­ing be­tween Mr Smith, Mr Wil­son and Sir Humphrey Gibbs was greeted en­thu­si­as­ti­cally in Bu­l­awayo.

Mr Joel Pin­cus, Rhode­sian Front MP for Bu­l­awayo East, said he had al­ways thought there was a pos­si­bil­ity of a face-to-face meet­ing be­tween the Prime Min­is­ter and Mr Wil­son, “but I had no in­for­ma­tion on it.

“The only com­ment I can make about to­day’s news is that I hope the meet­ing — if there is to be one — is go­ing to be fruit­ful,’’ he added.

An­other Bu­l­awayo MP, Mr S H Mil­lar (Bu­l­awayo Cen­tral), flew to Sal­is­bury by this morn­ing’s plane with­out hav­ing heard the news, his wife said.

Mr Mil­lar is at­tend­ing a par­lia­men­tary se­lect com­mit­tee meet­ing and will re­turn tonight, she said.

The for­mer Fed­eral Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Sir Don­ald McIn­tyre, com­mented: “Every­body must be pleased to know that there is a pos­si­bil­ity of talks be­tween Mr Wil­son and Mr Smith. No one can be cer­tain yet, but we can only hope that they are meet­ing.”

A for­mer Rhode­sian MP, Mrs Mau­reen Wat­son, said she hoped the meet­ing would bring about the long-awaited set­tle­ment.

But she said she was not over-hope­ful. “The Rhode­sian crisis has been just like the Viet­nam war. It has gone on and on and on.”

Mr A E Abra­ham­son, an in­dus­tri­al­ist and for­mer MP, said: “We haven’t heard any­thing for a long time, so we can only spec­u­late. Let us hope and pray that it is true.”

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