The reason for this concession by the Whitehead government was the belief that it would help to convince Britain that Southern Rhodesia deserved independence too.
Winston Field became prime minister but when he failed to make progress in negotiations with the British government on independence for Southern Rhodesia, his party ran out of patience and he was forced to resign.
7)) In October 1965 prime minister Wilson visited Salisbury warning the RF government and its supporters that economic sanctions would be imposed on Southern Rhodesia in the event of a UDI.
Queen Elizabeth II was recognised as head of state of Rhodesia and the post of British governor was replaced with the post of Officer Administering the Government with RF stalwart Clifford Dupont being appointed to it.
Although sanctions failed to bring white Rhodesia down, they did change the structure of the economy and patterns of trade.
The voters responded with a massive 'yes' vote and the Republic of Rhodesia was unilaterally declared on 1 March 1970.
In 1971 Britain's new prime minister, Edward Heath, sent Sir Alec Douglas Home, then foreign secretary, to Rhodesia to negotiate the UK out of the onerous Rhodesia problem.
Co-operation between Frelimo and Zanu greatly facilitated the task of Zanu's Zanla forces in gaining access to the eastern and northern parts of Rhodesia.
The emergence of Mozambique as an independent state in June 1975 proved to be the nemesis of white minority rule in Rhodesia.
The South African government was expected to use its leverage on Rhodesia to push Smith in the desired direction.