In Rhodesia the leader of one of the three African groups involved in the internal settlement talks has said there is now a chance of a new government being recognised by the outside world.
SCU Sithole speaking in English
GV Nkomo seated at news conference
SV Press seated
SCU Nkomo speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SITHOLE: (SEQ. 1): "We the people of this country must come to terms with one another in a genuine way and Britain is quite prepared as the colonial power to respect the terms of our agreement on certain conditions. I have had the pleasure of discussing matters with Dr. Owen, the Secretary of State for Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs; I have also had the satisfaction of discussing the same thing with Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, the leader of the Conservative Party, and I have also had the same privilege of discussing the same thing with Mr. Jeremy Thorpe and other Liberals. One thing in common between all of them is that they all support the present internal settlement talks as a step in the right direction, and that if we can come out with a genuine settlement they will no doubt support this in very possible way."
NKOMO: (SEQ. 4): "Because Smith says his army will remain intact there will be no change. He says his police will remain intact, his judiciary intact, his civil service intact and therefore assuring that the economy, which is entirely in the hands of white people, will remain where it is. Now what are those 72 man doing, what power do they have? If these fellows, if Smith can get his independence through Britain and you say you are now free you are now independent, what is ??? to happen in two or the ??? ??? with his ??? -- ??? police, his ??? - ??? ??? just ??? a ???. The ??? ??? will disappear an ??? ??? will say a ??? is the normal things in Africa. Internal affairs. And those poor ??? don't realise they are digging their own graves. ??? ??? after independence that fellow is going to conduct a ??? and that is the end of the story."
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Background: In Rhodesia the leader of one of the three African groups involved in the internal settlement talks has said there is now a chance of a new government being recognised by the outside world. Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, leader of the Black Nationalists also stressed the transition administration leading to black rule must be dominated by black. Reverend Sithole has recently had talks in London with British Politicians on the internal settlement plans and in an interview in Salisbury on Tuesday (28 February) he outlined their reactions.
SYNOPSIS: The reaction of Mr. Joshua Nkomo, joint leader of the Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance, was difference. Speaking from Lusaka in Nambia on Monday (27 February) he gave this interview.