The Rhodesian Nationalist leader, Mr Joshua Nkomo has said that he and his fellow Nationalist, Mr Robert Mugabe, would seek to persuade the United Nations Security Council not to allow the moderate black leaders in Salisbury to take part in next week's specials debate on Rhodesia.
SCU: Mr Joshua Nkomo seated talking.
MR NKOMO:"I had already received a telegram from our representative in New York that there is going to be a Security Council meeting a New York, either Monday or Tuesday. And I had already sent a message back to say Comrade Mugabe and muself will be coming when I got this. Now let me make it clear that at no time in the history of this struggle, or in history of my going to the United Nations, have at any time been invited by the British Government...at no time. As a matter of fact, at one time when (indistinct) in sixty, when I was pushing to present our case to the Fourth Committee and finally given the right to address the Four Committee, Britain stepped in and said she was not taking part as long as that committee hears me. All through this has been the behaviour of the British. And last year when there was going to be a Security Council meeting, Britain made it a secret. We did not know. We found out and I went to New York. Why Dr Owen now writes a letter to us urging us to attend is because Dr Owen wants to us as a carve-up for bringing in Ian Smith to an organisation that has declared him a bandit. That is the United Nations. At no time have the United Nations accepted to see Smith, but now Dr Owen wants him to be represented in London in the form of either Sithole, or Muzowera or both. So that they have an excuse that the United Nations Security Council has seen these men who come from Smith who have signed some agreement in order to giver the House of Commons a chance to squeeze in these men and accept what has gone on in Salisbury."
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Background: The Rhodesian Nationalist leader, Mr Joshua Nkomo has said that he and his fellow Nationalist, Mr Robert Mugabe, would seek to persuade the United Nations Security Council not to allow the moderate black leaders in Salisbury to take part in next week's specials debate on Rhodesia. Mr Nkomo was speaking yesterday (Saturday) after returning from Mozambique where he had two days of talks with Mr Mugabe. He said both he and Mr Mugabe would attend the debate.