The United States are to uphold trade sanctions against Zimbabwe Rhodesia. At the end of?
MV Zimbabwe Rhodesian Prime Minister, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, and US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance walk past camera and enter room
MV Muzorewa and Vance seated talking
CU Muzorewa giving statement to newsmen
MV Muzorewa with body guards leaves for talks with President Jimmy Carter.
???V Helicopter coming into land Muzorewa back from Carter meeting
CU Muzorewa car arrives, Muzorewa surrounded by body guards, newsmen question him and body guards push newsmen aside.
MUZOREWA: "I just had a very good meeting with the Secretary of State Mr Cyrus Vance about the situation in my country and I was trying to impress upon him that the situation in my country is totally different from what it was when the international community imposed its sanctions on my ... on the previous government, that previous government of Mr Smith is no longer there."
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Background: The United States are to uphold trade sanctions against Zimbabwe Rhodesia. At the end of a meeting in Washington on Wednesday (11 July) between President Jimmy Carter and Zimbabwe Rhodesian Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa, President Carter rejected Muzorewa's appeal to drop sanctions and called instead for constitutional changes to give blacks and bigger role. Earlier in the day, Muzorewa met with U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance ...
SYNOPSIS: The black leader was adamant after his meeting with Cyrus Vance. He brushed aside American calls for broader powers for blacks and attacked the United Nation's sanctions as "insane". U.S. officials said Mr Vance had urged Bishop Muzorewa to lessen the veto power given to whites under the new constitution but Bishop Muzorewa said he would take no further steps, and only asked for the sanity of the international community.
But as Bishop Muzorewa headed for the Camp David Presidential retreat to meet President Carter, the State Department said the sanctions would remain in place. The disclosure of President Carter's views before the meeting reflected evident irritation over the Bishop's public statements since he arrived in the United States. And after their meeting, the two Heads of State issued two conflicting assessments of their talks.
Bishop Muzorewa predicted that the United States would drop sanctions against Salisbury, but the White House upheld the previous State Department statement, indicating that the meeting had ended in disagreement. Bishop Muzorewa is flying to London, for talks with the British Government. U.S. officials indicated that if Britain lifts its sanctions -- as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher recently indicated -- it would be difficult to resist congressional pressure for Washington to do the same.