In Cairo, the co-leader of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front, Mr Joshua Nkomo, said on Monday (24 April) that Egypt fully supported the Patriotic Front, and reached the internal settlement reached n Rhodesia.
GV EXTERIOR: Egyptian Foreign Ministry building in Cairo.
SV INTERIOR: Rhodesian National Front co-leader Joshua Nkomo speaks to newsmen.
NKOMO: "Very useful indeed. I mean, we have always felt there was help and support from the Egyptian government, and that support continues, as I explained, with great warmth, and the talks we had with the British and American in Dar-es-Salaam (indistinct) the British and Americans, and what went on there, and that the ground was ready for further meetings, which should have taken place today and tomorrow, but the British were not ready, and we are ready any time. This is the position."
The following day, Mr Nkomo contended at a news conference that the Western plan for independence in Namibia (South West Africa) was part of the West's ambitions to set up puppet regimes in southern Africa. He claimed the West was 'not happy about Mozambique, Angola and now Zambia'. The West, he said, wanted to retain Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and Namibia with puppet governments.
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Background: In Cairo, the co-leader of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front, Mr Joshua Nkomo, said on Monday (24 April) that Egypt fully supported the Patriotic Front, and reached the internal settlement reached n Rhodesia. Mr Nkomo said these assurances had come from the Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Boutros Boutros Ghali, whom Mr Nkomo had briefed on his recent talks with the United States Secretary of State, Mr Cyrus Vance, and British Foreign Secretary, Dr David Owen.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Nkomo was asked how his talks with Mr Ghali had gone.