Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of one wing of Rhodesia's divided Africa National Council (ANC) said?
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SV reporter talking to Joshua Nkomo
REPORTER: "Do you still have any hope of coming to an agreement with Mr. Ian Smith about the future of Rhodesia?"
NKOMO: "No I'm afraid no, As a matter of fact, when I had talks with Mr. Smith I was very skeptical about the results but because of the fact that er, when we got out of prison we found that those who were outside had started talking and the Presidents of four northern territories had also er, intervened and thought that after ten years of war possibly something could come out of Mr. Smith. But after a few months of discussion with Smith, I discovered that he had no change. He was still a racialist, that he is. And there can be no agreement with Mr. Smith. So the talks have broken and there is no hope and we have no intention of discussing with Mr. Smith again."
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This film is serviced with an interview with Mr. Nkomo in Algiers. A full transcript appears below.
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Background: Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of one wing of Rhodesia's divided Africa National Council (ANC) said on Saturday (5 June) that there is no hope of reconvening the constitutional talks. He was speaking shortly after his arrival in the Algerian capital, Algiers.
He said that he had been very sceptical in 1975 when he had started talks with Mr. Ian Smith, leader of Rhodesia's white minority government. He found that Mr. Smith had not changed, he said "he was still a racialist."
The constitutional talks finally broke down in March this year. Since then, nationalist guerrillas have increased their activities along the border between Rhodesia and Mozambique.
Military conscription has been widened in Rhodesia and some businesses have complained that they cannot cope with the loss of their young white work force to the army.
A number of black African leaders have said they believe that force is now the only method of bringing down the Smith regime.
Mr. Nkomo is on a three week tour of African and European countries, which started in Kenya on 10 May.
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesian African nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo arrived in Algiers on Saturday and said there was no hope of reconvening constitutional talks with Ian Smith head of Rhodesia's white minority government.