African leaders in Salisbury on Wednesday (17 November) told newsmen they were confident that there would be a settlement on the Rhodesian independence question, currently being negotiated between the Smith Government and a British team being led by Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home.
GV Mirimba House in Salisbury
LV African leaders car leaving House after talks, surrounded by pressmen as they get out (2 shots)
CU Mr. Msipa speaking
CU Mr. Sithole speaking
TRANSCRIPT: MR. MSIPA SPEAKS (SEQ. 3): "From what I have heard, it seems a settlement will be made definitely."
QUESTION: "Do you think the kind of settlement has been decided already?"
MR. MSIPA:" It has been decided already. I think and what they may do now is to modify whatever agreements they have reached you know, as a result of the talks they are having with us."
QUESTION: "It is your opinion, that it will contain safeguards for the African majority?"
MR. MSIPA: "Well, the safeguards mean nothing. I mean the record of this Government shows that these safeguards may mean nothing. So even if they are they may not mean much."
QUESTION: "So the settlement will not necessarily be favourable to the African people?"
MR. MSIPA: "We don't think it will be favourable. If it is, then it will be a miracle."
MR. SITHOLE SPEAKS (SEQ. 4): "And we have no doubt that if Her Majesty's Government again won settlement terms, it would give the Africans the worst deal. The prestige of the British Government in Rhodesia would fall considerably and I think is would apply the same in all of Africa."
QUESTION: In effect, you're afraid of a sell-out by the British Government?"
MR. SITHOLE: "In fact, the way the negotiations are being conducted do indicate that the whole exercise is a sell-out exercise. In fact the whole attitude of the British Government since ??? place, it has been one of intending to sell us down the river."
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Background: African leaders in Salisbury on Wednesday (17 November) told newsmen they were confident that there would be a settlement on the Rhodesian independence question, currently being negotiated between the Smith Government and a British team being led by Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home.
But two of the leaders, Mr. C.G. Msipa and Mr. Edson Sithole, warned that the outcome of the talks would not help the country's African population.
The two leaders were speaking to newsmen outside Mirimba House, where they had been holding discussions with members of Sir Alec's team.