Members of the external faction of the African National Council, based in Mozambique, have been canvassing support in Rhodesia's rural areas.
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"We will continue to pursue the course we started in 1972 to its logical conclusion. And that course is known to be well unto ourselves. So the press in this country has misrepresented our standpoint. They say the Muzorewa ANC is not prepared to talk. That is not true. We are prepared to talk. Our approach is not a racialistic approach; that we want only one race to rule. That is not true. Our approach is that those who are in the majority should rule and they rule in Britain, and they rule in America, in China, in Ghana, in Nigeria, in Egypt and everywhere. Because in all those countries, the people who rule there are those who are in the majority.
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Background: Members of the external faction of the African National Council, based in Mozambique, have been canvassing support in Rhodesia's rural areas.
They visited Umvuma in eastern Rhodesia on Saturday (20 March), while Prime Minister Ian Smith was explaining to newsman in Salisbury why talks between himself and Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of the internal ANC faction, had broken down.
The external faction is supporting guerrillas who are training in Mozambique, in preparation for a military struggle against the Smith regime.
Two-thirds of Rhodesia's blacks live in rural areas like Umvuma, and it is they, when and if majority rule comes, who would hold the decisive votes.
Mr. Smith has called for active British help in resolving the constitutional dispute but in London, Foreign Secretary, James Callaghan has said Mr. Smith must first accept the principle of majority rule.