Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the President of Rhodesia's African National Council (ANC) appealed on Monday (28 July) to Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr.
GV EXTERIOR African National Council H.G. in Lusaka (MUTE)
SV INTERIOR Newsmen seated for news conference (MUTE)
GV Muzorewa speaking
TRANSCRIPT: MUZOREWA: SEQ 3: "I appeal to Mr. Smith to save the country from taking a tragic path to majority rule. I appeal to all Rhodesian whites of good will to persuade their Rhodesian Front government and Mr. Ian Smith to save Rhodesia from a racial bloodbath. I appeal to the whites of Rhodesia to realise that now is the basic time to reach an agreement that would leave them and their kith-and-kin with honour and dignity. Rhodesia, Rhodesian whites, must not allow themselves to wait too long, and then fall into a situation in which they will be forced to accept majority rule in shame and humiliation. Now is the time to take a decision at a round table conference and reach a settlement in dignity."
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Background: Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the President of Rhodesia's African National Council (ANC) appealed on Monday (28 July) to Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith to save Rhodesia from a racial blood bath by agreeing to a constitutional conference on the country's future.
Bishop Muzorewa was addressing a news conference in Lusaka after almost four weeks of talks by ANC leaders in Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. The ANC President indicated he would not be returning to Rhodesia in the immediate future.
He called on Mr. Smith to save the country from what he called a "tragic path to majority rule". And appealed to all white Rhodesians to persuade Mr. Smith's Rhodesian Front government to agree to the conference.
Bishop Muzorewa warned white Rhodesians that now was the time to reach a peaceful agreement. He added that they must not allow themselves to wait too long and then fall into a situation where they were forced to accept majority rule in "shame and humiliation".
In June this year, Bishop Muzorewa led an ANC delegation to meet Mr. Smith for talks on holding a constitutional conference. And he said he was still waiting for Mr. Smith to respond to that challenge. Adding that any further discussions with Mr. Smith would have to be at a constitutional conference outside Rhodesia.
A transcript of Bishop Muzorewa's remarks at the news conference are transcribed below.