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    In Washington, the Rhodesian Nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has launched a major lobbying effort aimed at persuading the U.

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    SV AND CU: Smith speaking to Press (4 shots)

    GV AND SV: Muzorewa at press conference with reporters listening. (2 shots)

    GV AND SV: Muzorewa speaking.

    SMITH: "And it does seem as though so far in this operation it is the white part of our community which has made the concessions, which has given ground. We are waiting now for the quid pro quo which we had been led to expect, which we are now anticipating. But let's be mealy-mouthed about it. this clearly is a field which my black colleagues operate almost exclusively and I hope we are going to have better results from now on."

    MUZOREWA: "It would be a tremendous, to use your words first, step towards recognition. But, more than that, it would be a tremendous step towards restoring the strength of our economy which we need very, very badly. And if we don't get it, what it means actually that the black government coming on December 31st is going to be presented with almost a shallow economy, you know. And if we start now, at least we've got a few months to start working, you know, making it to pick it up, to pick up again."

    Bishop Muzorewa's appearance in Washington was sponsored by Senator Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican who plans to introduce an amendment to a security assistance bill. If adopted, the amendment will life U.S. sanctions against Rhodesia for six months to allow the internal settlement to work.

    And in Salisbury, the United African National Council (UANC), a major member of Rhodesia's transitional government, has rejected Mr. Smith's assertion that responsibility for securing a ceasefire rested with black members of the coalition. A UANC statement accused Mr. Smith of deliberately misinterpreting the Salisbury majority rule agreement which set up the transitional government.

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    Background: In Washington, the Rhodesian Nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has launched a major lobbying effort aimed at persuading the U.S. to lift sanctions against the breakaway British colony. At a press conference on Wednesday (19 July), Bishop Muzorewa said the lifting of sanctions would be a major step towards recognition of Rhodesia and restoring the strength of its economy. On Tuesday (18 July) in salisbury, the Rhodesian white leader, Ian Smith, expressed his disappointment at the lack of progress towards a ceasefire, saying that this was the responsibility of his black colleagues in the coalition government. In his first press conference in nearly five months, Mr. Smith said the internal settlement could not work unless it achieved a ceasefire.

    SYNOPSIS: Bishop Muzorewa said the lifting of sanctions would make a tremendous difference to his country.

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