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    The London constitution talks on Zimbabwe Rhodesia have reached their fourth week with a row over the way the conference is being organised.

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    SV & CU Patriotic Front leaders Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo and their delegations arriving at news conference and seated (2 SHOTS)

    SV Mugabe speaking in English

    SV Nkomo speaking in English

    SV Mugabe speaking in English

    SV Nkomo speaking in English

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MUGABE: "The Salisbury Delegation is operating on the basis that the deal gets completed and apparently it's a secret deal, because we don't know the basis on which it has been reached. It's a deal that must be acceptable to everybody. And that the ideas which they have put across to Britain are confidential ideas we are not to know anything about them. And so we felt that in these circumstances no useful purpose could be served by continuing this kind of exercise. But we must here express our anxiety at the manner in which these negotiations have been conducted to date."

    SEQ. 3: NKOMO: "We have put a case to the British, a case we presented the masters of Zimbabwe, and therefore it is essential for the other people who are interested in supporting the case of the people to react in believing that there are patriotic people they would join with the case of the Patriotic Front."

    SEQ. 4: MUGABE: "The next stage must now be discussion of the interim period. There are a number of areas of disagreement which might be reached and are still outstanding, I suppose these can be discussed in the process. But we look forward to the discussion on the interim period."

    SEQ. 5: NKOMO: "We are negotiating and we shall continue to negotiate, as we always will negotiate there is a chance that we get where we want to get to."

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    Background: The London constitution talks on Zimbabwe Rhodesia have reached their fourth week with a row over the way the conference is being organised. The Patriotic Front say they are unhappy about the fact that the British Government had meetings with the Salisbury delegation from which they were excluded. On Tuesday (2 October) afternoon the first meeting for two weeks of all three parties was held at Lancaster House, but it ended abruptly when the Patriotic Front made their protest and walked out. The Patriotic Front is suspicious that a secret deal may be struck between Britain and Bishop Abel Muzorewa's government.

    SYNOPSIS: At a news conference, the leaders of the Patriotic Front, robert Mugabe and later Joshua Nkomo explained their reasons for walking out of the conference.

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