In the context of the question they have not been successful, and I said that we would continue with them. They have not been successful yet, but the hon. Gentleman will be aware, on the basis of the statement made by Mr. Smith himself, and this has been widely echoed in this country, and recently by the Leader of the Opposition himself, that sanctions are having a considerable effect. They have not had the effect of ending the illegality.
I think that the hon. Gentleman had better await the statement to be made by my right hon. Friend. We have made it clear that we will only commend to the House any settlement that is acceptable to this House as honourable, and that fully accords with the principles which the House, under successive Governments, has laid down.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the ending of sanctions would cause a crisis of confidence among Afro-Asian and Commonwealth States, and that this might lead to the polarisation of white and coloured nations? Will he therefore take further steps to bring this stalemate to an end?
I am aware of what the situation would be in the Commonwealth if there were any question of a sell-out to Mr. Smith or an agreement not based on the principles approved by the House, though I think that the Commonwealth as a whole would be very happy if it were possible to end sanctions, if there were a return to legality and an honourable settlement.
I think that the position of all parties in this House is that there must be a return to legality, and also that there must be a settlement which fulfils the principles laid down by the House. I do not think that I need go beyond that, particularly as my right hon. Friend will be reporting in more detail to the House later this afternoon.