Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the head of the external wing of Rhodesia's African National Council, (ANC), said it may soon call on Cuban regular troops to help it topple the white minority Rhodesian government.
SV Bishop Abel Muzorewa speaking to reporter.
SPEECH IN: "Well I would say first..."
SPEECH OUT: ...when it takes place.
MUZOREWA: "Well, I would say first of all that in the past we've emphasised, we've always emphasised that we'll accept material help from other people, moral support and all that. But the actual (indistinct) in power that we want our people to involve themselves. But I think that there is a growing tendency on our parts to feel that we should may be involve other people. In other words invite what we'd call mercenaries. And the reason being that Rhodesia has already (indistinct) mercenaries working on their side."
REPORTER: "When you're talking about mercenaries, on your side, does this mean Cuban regular troops?"
MUZOREWA: "Yes, that's what it would mean, yes. That's what it would mean."
REPORTER: "You are prepared to do that right now?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, as I say, we have not actually asked them to do that, but I'm saying that we should not be surprised if we did that very soon, because Rhodesia is already using South Africa, there are Americans, there are West Germans and there are Britishers already working (indistinct) foreigners. And we have not employed foreign help ourselves, so we shouldn't be surprised if we should attempt to ask (indistinct) and other people to help us. What I believe will soon be very devastating on the enemy is the fighting from the air which they are using very much. I think that will soon be squashed, as far as I know."
REPORTER: "That means that you are getting sophisticated weaponry to counter that?"
MUZOREWA: "That is correct."
REPORTER: "Could you tell us what kind and from where?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, I don't think that I would like to go any further than that, except to say that will publicist itself when it takes place."
This film is serviced with an English interview with Bishop Muzorewa, a transcript of which appears below:
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Background: Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the head of the external wing of Rhodesia's African National Council, (ANC), said it may soon call on Cuban regular troops to help it topple the white minority Rhodesian government.
In an interview with Swedish Television filmed on Saturday (20 March), he said nationalist guerrillas would soon begin using sophisticated antiaircraft weapons against the Rhodesian Air Force.
The Bishop said there was a growing tendency in the Council to involve mercenaries, as he called them, in its efforts to bring down the Rhodesian administration.
Meanwhile, attempts to revive the talks between Prime Minister Ian Smith and the leader of the A.N.C.'s internal wing continued in both London and Salisbury on Tuesday (23 March).