In Algiers, a representative of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front alliance, Mr. Stephen N'Komo, has accused?
LV: Newsmen at press conference at Villa Boumaraf in Algiers.
CU: Mr. N'Komo speaks in English.
SV: Mr. N'Komo continues speaking over shots of newsmen listening and taking notes. (3 SHOTS)
BV: Mr. N'Komo continuing.
CU & SV: Newsmen take notes as he continues speaking. (4 SHOTS)
BV: Mr. N'Komo concludes.
NIKOMO: "Zimbabwe Day, 17 March, is of great significance to the struggling people of Zimbabwe, for it is a day when we re-dedicate ourselves to the just and sacred cause of struggling to liberate ourselves from the cruel hold of British colonialism.. Today, when the men known as the rebels in the eyes of the British Government, and the international community, commits yet another criminal crime by entering an agreement with a gang of puppets that represent nobody in our country, it is again Dr. David Owen who, after encouraging the 'Gang of Four' to go on with the internal settlement, now says the authentic representative of the people of Zimbabwe, the Patriotic Front, must meet that gang: they, as separate delegations from Rhodesia to discuss a ceasefire with us.
What a reactionary, arrogant and demagogic views Dr. Owen holds towards our people. We reject that treachery out of hand. We wish to register very strongly against Dr. David owen, a medical man and a politician of confusion. That he is issued forthwith all his (INDISTINCT) manoeuvres against our people.. What we do know is that he and Smith and his gang of puppets are now one; and that all of them together stand for one thing ...to create a puppet neo-colonial regime that will perpetuate and protect British interests in our country."
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Background: In Algiers, a representative of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front alliance, Mr. Stephen N'Komo, has accused the three Nationalist leaders who signed the internal agreement with Mr. Ian Smith of trying to create a "neo-colonial regime which would protect British interests in Rhodesia". Mr. N'Komo said the Patriotic Front would "escalate and intensify...until its logical conclusion" -- the fighting in Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. N'Komo was speaking on Thursday, (16 March) on the eve of an international "day of solidarity" with the Zimbabwe people.