Former prime minister Ian Smith today marked the 14th anniversary of his bid to secure white domination of Rhodesia by giving grudging acceptance of the latest British plan to hand the country over to black majority rule
Smith, back from the London settlement conference, said, "In spite of the fact that we didn't get what we wanted, we can make this agreement work."
Smith, who serves as minister without portfolio in the Cabinet headed by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, was notably more subdued compared to his last break from the conference in Septber, when he came home to threaten to use the bloc of white Paliament members to prevent adoption of a new constitution.
He admitted that he had hoped that the Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance would not be included in any final settlement but conceded that, whether he like it or not, "they are going to be part of our country."
Smith pleaded that he would try to sell the constitutional agreement reached in London to Zimbabwe-Rhodesia's 200,000 whites.
Although the Lancaster House conference has dashed Smith's dream of continued white power in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, he said he had "no regrets" about his decision to break away from Britain 14 years ago today.
"We believe that if we had not resorted to that, things would be a lot worse than they are today," Smith said.