Dr. Elliott Gabellah, Vice President of the African National Council, re-affirmed the Council's commitment to?
GV Gabellah leaving aircraft with other passengers (carrying briefcase and umbrella)
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SCU Gabellah surrounded by newsmen
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GABELLAH: "I can tell you, I think majority rule is not negotiable, independence is not negotiable and therefore your story is your story, not mine."
REPORTER: "You are talking about majority rule at the time of independence this was the bone of contention on the story."
GABELLAH: "What I am talking about is the two are twined together and you can't separate them. And they cannot be negotiable."
REPORTER: "What's the time factor - will they both happen at the sometime?"
GABELLAH: "I'm not a mathematician anyway."
REPORTER: "This report was incorrect?"
GABELLAH: "I'm not commenting on the report because I don't know the report. I'm just telling you a piece of news."
REPORTER: "How did the talks go in Addis Ababa?"
GABELLAH: "Very well indeed."
REPORTER: "What do you think you accomplished?"
GABELLAH: "Well, A - that we are not alone and B - that what we are really trying to do is successful in effect and recognised by all people in the world."
REPORTER: "So that is an accomplishment - thanks very much."
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Background: Dr. Elliott Gabellah, Vice President of the African National Council, re-affirmed the Council's commitment to the principles of independence for Rhodesia on the basis of majority rule on his return to Salisbury on Saturday (22 February).
Dr. Gabellah had been in Addis Abada, Ethiopia, to attend a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity.
The Rhodesian Sunday Mail newspaper reported that Dr. Gabellah said in his statement to the OAU meeting that:
"The African stand for majority rule is clear and unequivocal. Both the British Government and the Smith regime are in no doubt that our position on this principle is not negotiable."
"We are currently involved only in the process of the mechanism of the transfer of power to the majority at the impeding constitutional conference.
"This unshakeable stance has caused Smith to resort to delaying tactics. Hence the tactical difficulties in which we are bogged down."