Leaders of Black Africa's frontline states have been meeting in Zambia to consider the Anglo-American proposals for the future of Rhodesia.
SV Dr. David Owen and Ambassador Andrew Young get off plane and are greeted; walk across tarmac. (3 shots)
CU Owen speaking at press conference PAN ACROSS TO Young listening.
CU PAN FROM Newsmen TO Ambassador Young speaking.
GV Building where heads of state meeting.
CU PAN FROM Botswana Vice President Quett Masire TO President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia; PAN TO President Julius Nyerers and Mozambique President Samora Machel. (2 shots)
SV Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe speaking to newsmen outside building. (3 shots)
GV Newsmen walking away from building.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: OWEN: "Somebody's got to put their head down, and say now these are the proposals on the table, and then see if people think they're fair and reasonable, that's what we're doing; so it's not a take it or leave it, or thrusting things at them, it's a result of what I believe to be one of the most serious genuine attempts at consultation in trying to reach some form of agreement. But it doesn't reflect agreement of all the people we've spoken to; it's our interpretation from which comes a feeling that this might be the way through towards a negotiated settlement."
SEQ. 3: YOUNG: "What we're saying is that there is a joint commitment to pursuing a diplomatic process and I don't think anybody can stop us from pursuing that. It's a commitment of two major governments who have deep concern for what's going on in this part of the world. I think that concern at least is shared by the frontline presidents or they would not have invited us here to talk with them, and the liberation movements, or they would not have come."
REPORTER: "Is this the final attempt, the last chance?"
YOUNG: "There is no final attempt."
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Background: Leaders of Black Africa's frontline states have been meeting in Zambia to consider the Anglo-American proposals for the future of Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: The proposals were presented in the Zambian capital of Lusaka by Britain's Foreign Secretary, Dr. David Owen, and the American Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young. At a news conference on arrival, the two men told reporters about the purpose of their visit. Dr. Owen was first to speak.
As well as the leaders of the liberation movement there were the five front-line representatives who included the Vice President of Botswana, Quett Masire, and Zambia's President, Kenneth Kaunda, undoubtedly one of the two most important Black African leaders at the conference. The other was Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere, chairman of the frontline nations, who attended along with Samora Machel, the President of Mozambique.
Sources in Lusaka said the Anglo-American proposals effectively called for the abdication of the white minority government of Rhodesia's Premier Ian Smith. It would be replaced by a British transitional administration, possibly supported by an international peace-keeping force. But the sources said Dr. Nyerere would reject any plans to disarm the Patriotic Front guerrillas of Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe, who also attended the conference. Dr. Owen and Mr. Young were going on to Rhodesia, to try to persuade Mr. Smith to accept the proposals.