The Patriotic Front Guerrilla Alliance still hopes for an all-party conference on the future of Rhodesia, a nationalist leader said on Thursday (27 April).
SV: Newspaper placards saying council rejects talks.
CU: Mr. Willie Musararwa, acting Vice-President of ANC-Zimbabwe speaking in English.
MUSARARWA: "How do they hope to end sanctions if they don't want to attend the conference convened by Britain and America. How do they hope to win international recognition. It is a case of a short-sighted person who cuts his face to, who cuts off his nose to spite his face. This is what these people have done. This means that the war will go on, sanctions will go on, there is no international recognition. It means the actual effect of what they have really achieved in doing this is to join an illegal regime and perpetuate UDI."
REPORTER: "Do you see a further escalation of the guerrilla war?"
MUSARARWA: "That goes without saying. The war has already escalated. there are more people who have died during the past two months since the signing of the agreement and there is every indication that the war is escalating and being intensified."
The ANC-Zimbabwe is the organisation inside Rhodesia of Mr Joshua Nkomo, one of the leaders of the externally based Patriotic Front guerrilla organisation. After the interim government's rejection of the proposed conference, Mr. Chinamano said it was common knowledge that Mr Ian Smith had been eager to attend the conference, proposed by Britain and america. "But his African colleagues refused because they are afraid of losing their present position", he said. "They are well aware that any settlement that includes the Patriotic Front leaders make them redundant and irrelevant". He reaffirmed that Mr Nkomo would never return to Salisbury to join any administration resulting from an internal settlement which he described as "tailor-made to suit the selfish ends of those responsible for framing it".
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Background: The Patriotic Front Guerrilla Alliance still hopes for an all-party conference on the future of Rhodesia, a nationalist leader said on Thursday (27 April). Mr. Josiah Chinamano, acting President of Mr. Joshua Nkomo's African National Council, ANC-Zimbabwe, said he hoped sanity would prevail and the meeting would still take place. Rhodesia's multi-racial interim government rejected the Anglo-American move to have it hold talks with its guerrilla opponents. It said, in a statement, that an all-party conference would be "doomed to certain failure". Afterwards another ANC-Zimbabwe spokesman, the acting Vice-President Mr. Willie Musararwa criticised the government for rejecting the proposed conference.