The two leaders of the Zimbabwe Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance have urged the United Nations Security Council to repudiate the Rhodesian majority-rule agreement signed in Salisbury last week.
GV INTERIOR: U.N. Security Council.
SV: Robert Mugabe speaking as representatives listen (2 shots)
SV: Joshua Nkomo speaking.
ROBERT MUGABE: " The Agreement does not constitute a settlement because it cannot end the war raging in the country. The situation in Zimbabwe is a war situation. No agreement that does not take into account the realities of this war situation can produce a settlement. The reality is that only those locked in combat are capable of bringing about the desired settlement. Similarly, the composition of the future army of Zimbabwe is a matter for those in control of the fighting. It is only the Patriotic Front liberation forces that can guarantee irreversibility of majority rule and independence. To the masses of Zimbabweans who actively support armed struggle and form its rock base, the Agreement is a betrayal of that struggle."
JOSHUA NKOMO: "Smith is preparing for a move, for a second UDI, once he has been given independence for four-to-six months while preparing to work out a consideration with South Africa, and then conduct a second straightforward coup. What will the international community do? Britain will say: 'Well, this is an internal affair of Zimbabwe', and the world will witness yet a move towards consolidating the racists and fascists in southern Africa in preparation of their assault against African states."
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Background: The two leaders of the Zimbabwe Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance have urged the United Nations Security Council to repudiate the Rhodesian majority-rule agreement signed in Salisbury last week. Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, addressing the Security Council, on Thursday (9 March), denounced the pact as a fraud designed to protect white privilege in Rhodesia. They said the guerrilla was in Rhodesia would continue until there was a complete transfer from white to black rule there.
SYNOPSIS: The Security Council session was addressed first by Mr. Mugabe, then Mr. Nkomo: