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    It appears that the Geneva conference on Rhodesia will be adjourned until the New Year.?

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    SV Rhodesian nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa (in glasses and carrying stick) at salisbury, Rhodesia

    CU Cheering supporters

    CU Muzorewa interviewed at rally

    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Do you think then that you have the majority support of the people of Rhodesia?"

    SEQ. 3: MUZOREWA: "That has been established many many years ago and it just continues to be affirmed--yes."

    REPORTER: "Do you think that when you go back to Geneva that there is any possibility of getting a settlement now before christmas?"

    MUZOREWA: "I doubt that we can finish anything before Christmas but I am fairly hopeful that after Christmas we should be able to work out an agreement that will be an effective transfer of power from the minority to the majority in Zimbabwe."

    REPORTER: "But are not the majority of blacks in Rhodesian in any event attached to one of the black nationalist leaders?"

    SMITH: "No. I am satisfied this is not so. Maybe the majority of articulate blacks who live in the cities....and again we are not sure of this because there is a tremendous amount of intimidation. We know for a fact that if there is a meeting or a gathering one day, people will run around at night in the African townships knocking on the doors and warning the incumbents that they had better attend the meeting the following day. Under those circumstances it's very difficult to get accurate opinion as to what support lies where."

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    Background: It appears that the Geneva conference on Rhodesia will be adjourned until the New Year. The conference was due to end next Monday (20 December) but so far there has been no indication of agreement between the white minority government of Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, and the four black Rhodesian nationalist teams at the talks. Mr. Smith arrived back in Salisbury on Monday night (13 December). Earlier the leader of the Rhodesian African National Council, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, also returned to Salisbury from Geneva and received a huge welcome.

    SYNOPSIS: More than 200,000 cheering and chanting supporters turned out to greet the Bishop in the black township of Highfield in Salisbury. The authorities banned him from making a political speech to the crowd. But the Bishop did speak to reporters about his hopes of a settlement:

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