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    The focus on moves towards a Rhodesian settlement has switched to Salisbury with the return of black African nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Foreign Office Minister, Mr.

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    MV Rhodesian nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo leaves airport building (2 shots)

    CU Nkomo speaking

    MV Nkomo into car and drives away

    MV Rhodesian nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa and supporters with banner

    MV ZOOM INTO CU Muzorewa addressing crowd and audience listening (2 shots)

    MV Crowd cheer

    CU Mozorewa speaking in English

    MV White police PAN TO GV assembled crowd (2 shots)

    MV British envoy Ted Rowlands and U.S. envoy William Schaufele arrive Salisbury Airport (2 shots)

    CU Rowlands speaking to reporters

    BELL: "The political manoeuvring had never been so intense. Mr. Nkomo came in from Bulawayo, his political base, to Salisbury where he doesn't command so much support but still had some of his people waiting for him."

    NKOMO: "It's not theirs. You cannot have Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Vorster -- one South Africa, the other the United States deciding for us what the shape of our government will be. Now, they have done an important job. That important job is too at the right time. To let Mr. Smith say publicly that the acceptance of minority rule is within two years."

    BELL: "Mr. Nkomo was seeking a meeting with his rival, Bishop Muzorewa. A meeting which the Bishop's faction seemed rather less keen on and the reason for that could be found in the matter of his homecoming."

    Here he was at the end of his journey last night, forbidden by the police to make a political speech but calling on his supporters for order and calm and urging them to behave like the independent people which they would shortly be. The meaning of this eruption of support the Bishop spelt out to me."

    MUZOREWA: "The majority, the over-whelming majority of the people of this country are behind the A.N.C. which I lead."

    BELL: "What is the message the British should take from this when they are setting up their conference?"

    MUZOREWA: "I hope that if they want to treat us as human beings and respect us as they do themselves, respect themselves, they would take a clue that to be democratic about what they are going to do, they should have...consider us to have the most important place in the constitutional conference."

    BELL: "The volume of support the bishop can muster is something that the British calling the conference, and the white Rhodesians attending it, will have to take into account."

    SULLIVAN: "Mr. Rowland's mission was to have conveyed to Mr. Smith the agreement of black African nationalists to a conference to set up an interim government and a suggested meeting place. Mr. Smith sees it as one to clear up confusion about what has been agreed and what remains to be negotiated.

    Mr. Nkomo's remarks will have served at least to deepen the complexity of today's first meeting between Mr. Smith and the British and American envoys."

    SULLIVAN: "Mr. Nkomo arrived here a couple of hours ago saying the Kissinger agreement doesn't exist once Mr. Smith has sat down to talk and the rest is negotiable?"

    ROWLANDS: "I don't think I should comment on other people's remarks at this stage. I mean my job at this stage -- our job -- is simply to discuss arrangements and have consultations to get the conference that we are going to call in the next couple of weeks off the ground as quickly as possible."

    REPORTER: "What do you hope to have achieved by the time you leave Salisbury?"

    ROWLANDS: "To have had those consultations to enable us to have the conference in the time scheduled we are talking about."

    REPORTER: "Minister, will this be a constitutional conference or will it be a conference to appoint an interim government?"

    ROWLANDS: "It's a conference to establish and interim government."

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    Background: The focus on moves towards a Rhodesian settlement has switched to Salisbury with the return of black African nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Foreign Office Minister, Mr. Ted Rowlands. Meanwhile, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, the other major black nationalist leader, is hoping to meet his rival -- Bishop Muzorewa -- for talks on a common front at the approaching constitutional conference. BBC reporters Martin Bell and Michael Sullivan were in Salisbury:

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