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    The leader of a southern Africa front line state who is in Europe during the Zimbabwe Rhodesia constitutional conference in the U.

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    CU: Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere speaking.

    NYERERE: "The real authority is exercised by 'Smith Muzorewa".

    McNIFF: "If there is a war...you have already had one costly confrontation with Idi Amin....which you won, but ??? much of that was ??? because it was a costly war. Could you really stand another war?"

    NYERERE: "Yes. yes. We, we will fight to the end because we have to live with ourselves, and it is not possible, and the people must not under estimate this, we can not accept continued colonialism in Africa. We can not accept minority rule. It is simply not possible. We shall fight. We shall support. We will not join and fight but we will train whatever it costs us, if the people of Zimbabwe are prepared to fight and die for the independence of their won country and if this is the only way they can achieve the independence of their country we shall sacrifice with them."

    McNIFF: "If we could switch to another topic now...you we come around to the question of the South African Rugby tour, you already know our government's stance on that question, but what do you say to people who argue that concessions have been granted, that a good racial mixture has been chosen for the team?"

    NYERERE: "Well, we are opposing the Muzorewa/Smith government in Zimbabwe and Muzorewa is the Prime Minister, a bishop, a black bishop. He his Prime Minister in that government and we are rejecting that government. Why? It is a black facade. In actual fact the government of Zimbabwe, the government of Rhodesia, is controlled by whites. Now, to select a team and get a bunch of ...a few black faces and join them in the team...in any case, why should you select a team on merit. If that team is purely black, completely white, it goes as completely black. If it is completely white, it goes as completely white. If it is mixed, it is mixed. But you do not mix it in order to get an entry into Ireland."

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    Background: The leader of a southern Africa front line state who is in Europe during the Zimbabwe Rhodesia constitutional conference in the U.K. has declared his country will support fighters against that he calls the 'black facade government in Salisbury. President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania is on a state visit to the Irish Republic. He said in Dublin that his people are prepared to make sacrifices along with those fighting the present government of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. Dr Nyerere said the real power still resides with the white minority, and he told R.T.E.'s Peter McNiff his new name for the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Bishop Abel Muzorewa.

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