Rhodesian nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa met Britain's Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen in London?
GV EXTERIOR Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Dr. Owen greeting Bishop Muzorewa, plus newsmen (SILENT)
SV Muzorewa seated talking, they get up and shake hands
SV Steps leading down outside building
CU Muzorewa speaking
MOZOREWA: "No it's not going to happen, to be honest with you, it's not going to happen. It may be, just temporarily, but not forever. And I will tell you why, because I believe, I've said it before, I believe that there are a lot of men and women outside Zimbabwe, of integrity, and I am quite convinced that they will not have moral grounds to refuse to accept the agreement that we have reached. And I think those people of high integrity....will accept what we have done, and those who are of less integrity or don't have any, will (indistinct) that's was I believe."
REPORTER: ".....(indistinct).... acceptance by the U.S. or British soon?"
MUZOREWA: "I honestly accept I mean expect acceptance by a lot of people, and I think including the United States and British Government."
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Background: Rhodesian nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa met Britain's Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen in London on Monday (6 March) to try to win British support for the newly agreed internal settlement plan for Rhodesia. The constitutional settlement was reached between Bishop Muzorewa and two other nationalist leaders on the one hand, and Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith on the other.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place at the Foreign Office, and lasted close to three hours. The Bishop had arrived in London on Saturday (4 March) with the express aim of getting British Government support for the new plan, which does not follow all the guidelines laid down in the official Anglo-American peace proposals.
Up to the time of meeting, both the United States and Britain had expressed reservations about the internal settlement, as it did not include the Patriotic Front. But following Monday's talks, Bishop Muzorewa was optimistic that the peace package would not be rejected.