The United States, United Kingdom and South African Foreign Minister held an unprecedented joint meeting in London on Friday (12 August) to discuss revised Anglo-American proposals for giving Rhodesia black majority rule and legal independence by the end of next year.
GV & CU No 1 Carlton Gardens, officials residence of UK Foreign Secretary Dr Owen.
GV meeting beginning.
SV US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance seated
SV South African Minister for Foreign affairs Pik Botha seated.
GV UK Foreign Secretary Dr David Owen and Officials.
GV demonstrators outside.
GV African National Council leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa at Rostrum at Britannia Hotel.
CU Muzorewa speaking. (2 shots)
GV Dr Owen and Mr Vance entering press conference after meeting.
SCU Cyrus Vance speaking.
MUZOREWA: "Let me say that we in the African National Council are not interested in charades. When we say we are willing to enter into multilateral negotiations let nobody be under an illusion as to what our objective is. It is to discuss the mechanics of the transfer of power from the Smith Regime to the people of Zimbabwe through one man one vote. It does not pay for outsiders to attempt the usurpation of the will of our people. We are now convinced beyond doubt that one of the problems facing us is that Her Majesty's Government is partial to the Frontline State and the non-existent Patriotic Front at the expense of the Zimbabwe struggling masses. This approach will bring no solution to the Zimbabwe problem.
VANCE: "You ask why is the United States involved? The issue involved here are issues of importance not only to the people of Rhodesia - or Zimbabwe - themselves, but they are issue that are important to the peace of the world as well.
Therefore I think it is entirely appropriate that the United States should be working shoulder to shoulder with our British allies and colleagues.
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Background: The United States, United Kingdom and South African Foreign Minister held an unprecedented joint meeting in London on Friday (12 August) to discuss revised Anglo-American proposals for giving Rhodesia black majority rule and legal independence by the end of next year.
It's understood that Britain and the United States would like the South African foreign Minister Mr Pik Botha to try and get South Africa to use its vast influence with the Rhodesian leader Mr Ian Smith to get negotiations re-started on the revised Anglo-American proposals on Rhodesia. Mr Smith strongly criticised the earlier proposals and has begun contacts with some black Rhodesian nationalist leaders to get an internal settlement. Mr Smith wants to exclude the Rhodesian leader of the so-called Patriotic front - Mr Joshua Nkomo and Mr Robert Mugabe Muzorewa and the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole who have renounced the use of force to achieve a settlement. Bishop Muzorewa is not against the participation of Mr Nkomo and Mr Mugabe in multi-lateral negotiations but has made it clear he does not recognise the Patriotic Front which they jointly head.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held at the official London residence of the British Foreign Secretary, Dr David Owen. Dr Owen had first held talks with US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance before being joined by South African Foreign Minister, Mr Pik Botha. Mr Vance had flown to London at the end of a 10 day tour of the Middle East seeking agreement to peace proposals for the area. Before the London talks, Mr Botha had said there was still a chance for settlement on the various issue in Southern Africa in a way that would bring a lasting peace and prosperity. While Friday's meeting was going on, protestors against white minority government in Southern Africa demonstrated outside.
African National Council Leader Bishop Abel Murorewa arrived in London on Thursday (11 August). He spoke of the Anglo-American plans.
After the joint meeting of Foreign Minister, the American Secretary of State Mr Cyrus Vance spoke to newsmen at a news conference.