Following the ceasefire agreement at the Zimbabwe Rhodesia conference in London, Britain has asked the United States to help move military equipment into Salisbury for the Commonwealth 'monitoring' forces.
SV: Black people reading newspaper in Salisbury
CU ZOOM IN: Black man speaking in English.
SV ZOOM OUT: Local people reading newspaper
CU: Black men speaking in English (3 shots)
GV: Street scene
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: BLACK MAN: "Oh, I'm definitely delighted about it. this is what we've been waiting for an expecting for a long time now."
REPORTER: "Do you see it being able to stop the war?"
BLACK MAN: "Yes. In fact, once Mr. Nkomo and Mr. Mugabe have agreed to the agreement, I cannot see why the war should continue. They are in complete control of the Patriotic Front forces."
REPORTER: "What was the feeling in the township last night when the news was heard?"
BLACK MAN: "Oh, there was general jubilation everywhere. I got a lot of calls of people saying 'Is this true'? -- they were so delighted, they couldn't believe it was true."
BLACK MAN: "We are not after all..... we want peace. So, as we say in our country, see what we are going to do in this country."
REPORTER: "Are you happy with the settlement?"
BLACK MAN: "Yes, I am."
SECOND BLACK MAN: "...I find no reason why I should object it..."
REPORTER: "Do you think the election will now go ahead fairly peacefully?"
SECOND BLACK MAN: "I think so."
REPORTER: "Are you happy having the P.F. coming back into the country legally now?"
SECOND BLACK MAN: "I am."
REPORTER: "Are you a P.F supporter?"
SECOND BLACK MAN: "I am."
THIRD BLACK MAN: "(indistinct) because we are free."
REPORTER: "Are you a Patriotic Front supporter?"
THIRD BLACK MAN: "Ah, no."
REPORTER: "But do you think it is a good thing that the Patriotic Front is coming back into the country?"
THIRD MAN: "No, I do not."
REPORTER: "You don't want it? But you're happy about the ceasefire agreement?"
THIRD BLACK MAN: "A ceasefire only because (indistinct) our homes...because of homes, because of that, so we don't like."
Many whites interviewed after the ceasefire was announced said the low numbers of Commonwealth monitoring troops would be insufficient to halt possible disagreements between government troops and guerrillas belonging to the Patriotic Front.
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Background: Following the ceasefire agreement at the Zimbabwe Rhodesia conference in London, Britain has asked the United States to help move military equipment into Salisbury for the Commonwealth 'monitoring' forces. it's thought that two CE-141 transport planes might be used, as Britain does not have any aircraft big enough to carry its own troop-carrying Puma helicopters. but all other equipment, as well as 600 British soldiers, will be flown out to Zimbabwe Rhodesia in R.A.F. Hercules planes. Four other Commonwealth countries will sent troops to form the thousand-strong monitoring force. They are from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Kenya.
SYNOPSIS: In Salisbury, initial delight at the news of the ceasefire agreement was later tempered by fears for the future. but for many blacks, the Patriotic Front guerrillas are heroes, and their return has been long-awaited.
His views were echoed by other blacks -- but not all.