African nationalist Joshua Nkomo, leader of the Patriotic Front, paid a surprise visit to London on Wednesday (26 January) following the breakdown of talks on Rhodesia's future.
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NKOMO: "Now we realise that was not our conference, it was the British and Smith conference, not ours. If it was our conference, we would have known the proposals, what they were. If the conference was to break, it would have broken in Geneva, not in Salisbury. If it was our conference, I would not have learnt of it on radio. I would have been told. As a matter of fact, I would have taken part in the process that led to the breaking of the conference. So from now on I know that there has never been a conference in Geneva.
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "Are you going to see the British Government at all, in London, now?
NKOMO: "Because I haver learned from Mr Crosland that in actual fact he had nothing to do with us, he had something to do with Mr Smith, so I have nothing to do with a man who has nothing to do with me.
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "What do you want the British government to do?
NKOMO: "Please, the British government is a government. They must know what to do with their colony. What did they do with their colonies? I'm not going to tell them. They've got to decolonise of course. and they mustn't play this game of telling us there is a conference when they meant that the conference was for Mr Smith and we were just pawns. And we're not going to have another conference with the British until we know that conference is our conference, and it means business."
Mr Nkomo stopped in Britain on his way to Lusaka for the funeral of a friend, Jason Moyo, who was killed in a letter bomb explosion on January 22. Mr Nkomo also told reporters the armed struggle would continue, and probably increase.
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Background: African nationalist Joshua Nkomo, leader of the Patriotic Front, paid a surprise visit to London on Wednesday (26 January) following the breakdown of talks on Rhodesia's future. He refused to say why he's in Britain, and said he would not be meeting U.K Foreign Secretary, Anthony Crosland, who helped initiate the Geneva conference.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Nkomo spoke to newsmen in London's Savoy hotel. He was interviewed by Paul Toulmin-Rothe, of Visnews.