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    Rhodesians will vote next Tuesday (30 January) in a referendum on black majority rule. Prime?

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    GV Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole seated with press representatives

    CU Rev. Sithole speaking in English

    SITHOLE: "Now I should make this point clear. The war started in order to secure majority rule, one-man, one vote and sovereign independence for this country. Now the question of ceasefire was not one of the major principles on which the agreement was based. The ceasefire exercise was one of the tasks that we have set for the transitional government and we are working towards that. We haven't stopped trying to get the war to de-escalate. We are succeeding in some ways and in other ways we are failing, but the entire exercise is also dependent upon a logical implementation of the agreement. Once we get, for instance, a yes vote this is going to strengthen our hand in trying to bring about a ceasefire. Once the new constitution is elected, this will further strengthen our hand in our effort to bring about de-escalation of the war. Once we have a majority rule government there can be no doubt in my own mind that there will be a considerable de-escalation of the war. We haven't failed; we are working towards the de-escalation of the war."

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    Background: Rhodesians will vote next Tuesday (30 January) in a referendum on black majority rule. Prime Minister Ian Smith has been campaigning vigorously for a 'yes' vote, although he's met with a hostile reception from many whites. The Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, another leader of the transitional government, says that majority rule is the only way to scale down the guerrilla war in Rhodesia.

    SYNOPSIS: Reverend Sithole discussed the referendum with reporters on a television programme in Salisbury:

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