On Saturday Britain's Pearce Commission began the fist phase of its opinion-testing operation on the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals in Salisbury.
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SOUND STARTS: "What are you going to say........."
SOUND ENDS: ".....African population that is".
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GV & SV Bishop and Commission members around table (4 shots)
REPORTER: "What are you going to say to their terms?"
BISHOP: "I'm going to say "no"."
REPORTER: "In what kind of terms?"
BISHOP: "In painstaking terms. I have already given a statement on this.
REPORTER: "Why do you feel it is necessary to come here and tell them what they know already?"
BISHOP: "Well, we want to be sure that we have this in writing and that there will be no mistake in their report that this was a unanimous "no" form us."
REPORTER: "Can you give them any evidence as to how many people you represent?"
BISHOP: "Yes, I believe that we represent about ninety-nine per cent of the whole population, of the African population, that is."
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Background: On Saturday Britain's Pearce Commission began the fist phase of its opinion-testing operation on the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals in Salisbury. What may prove to be the crux of the acceptability test came at a meeting on Friday between the Pearce Commission and the African National Council (ANC).
The A.N.C. gave a firm "no" to proposals, which would grant independence to a white government. Bishop Abel Muzorewa, chairman of the council, argues that Africans rejected the terms because they perpetuated racialism. The Bishop warned that Rhodesia faced an inevitable, bloody revolution unless white domination was ended.
Fridays' hearing with the A.N.C. was the pearce Commission's first public meeting with moderate African leaders, who have emerged as the focal point of African rejection of the proposals worked out by the British and Rhodesian governments last November.