The co-leader of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front, Joshua Nkomo, has arrived in Vietnam for an eight-day visit.
SV Rhodesian Patriotic Front leader, Joshua Nkomo, and officials walk down aircraft steps at Sheremetievo International Airport, Moscow, and are greeted by representatives of the Soviet Asia and Africa Solidarity Committee and Soviet officials.
SV Nkomo and officials enter airport terminal building
SV INTERIOR Nkomo seated in airport lounge with officials
The Presidium of the Organisation of Solidarity of Peoples of Asia and Africa began their eight-day meeting in the Vietnamese capital on Friday (12 January). Established in Cairo in 1957, the organisation's aims are to speed up genuine liberation of Asian and African peoples and to secure their economic, social and cultural advancement. Shortly before leaving Zambia, Mr Nkomo condemned Rhodesia's recently published draft constitution. He called it evidence that the white minority was determined to retain political power after the elections, scheduled for next April.
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Background: The co-leader of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front, Joshua Nkomo, has arrived in Vietnam for an eight-day visit. Mr Nkomo whose guerrilla forces are waging a war on Rhodesia from bases in Zambia, is attending a meeting of the Presidium of the Organisation of Solidarity of Peoples of Asia and Africa. On his way to Vietnam, Mr Nkomo paid a brief visit to the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: On his arrival in Moscow on Thursday (11 January), Mr Nkomo was greeted by Soviet officials and representatives of the Soviet Asia and Africa Solidarity Committee. The Patriotic Front leader was last in Moscow eight months ago, when he held talks with Mr Boris Ponamaryov, an alternate member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
This time, mr Nkomo's visit was more brief. After a few hours in Moscow, the guerrilla leader left on another flight, bound for Hanoi.