Rhodesia's black Joint Minister of Foreign Affairs, Doctor Elliot Gabellah, on Friday (30 June) launched a bitter attack on the United States and Britain.
SV Doctor Elliot Gabellah Joint Foreign Minister of Rhodesia speaking.
GABELLAH: "There is no doubt, however, that the violent hostility of the Patriotic Front to the settlement proves that neither Nkomo nor Mugabe are really motivated by democratic ideals they proclaim, but merely by their personal ambitions to seize total power through the barrel of the gun. Now as Knomo and Mugabe are clearly divided on all fundamental questions of policy, the Patriotic Front can only be seen as a temporary marriage of convenience between equal unscrupulous partners. The signing of the Salisbury Agreement has likewise shown up the real intentions of the foreign backers of the Patriotic Front. There is no need for me to comment on the policy of the Russians and Cubans, except to point out their refreshing honesty in comparison to official statements from London and Washington. I therefore challenge President Carter here and now either to change his policy in the interest of all the people of our country or to provide any justification he can for continuing opposition to our settlement in terms of the democratic morality and human rights this gentleman, President Carter, preaches daily."
On Friday (30 June), a spokesman for the Patriotic Front in Salisbury, Mr. Josia Chinaman???, said time was running out, and may already have done so, for all-party talks as proposed by Britain and the United States. He gave any black government emerging from the transitional period three months at most to survive.
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Background: Rhodesia's black Joint Minister of Foreign Affairs, Doctor Elliot Gabellah, on Friday (30 June) launched a bitter attack on the United States and Britain. He said the Russians and Cubans were refreshingly honest in their African policy compared with the two western powers. His criticism, was aimed chiefly at President Carter's administration, which he accused of cowardice and weakness. Doctor Gabellah also said the Patriotic Front Guerilla Alliance was committed to seizing power by force.