• Short Summary

    While talks between Patriotic Front guerrilla leaders and the Salisbury government delegation of Bishop Abel Muzorewa continued in London in order to work out the terms of a ceasefire to end the seven-year war in Zimbabwe Rhodesia, black leaders in South Africa said they welcomed the agreement between the delegations on the British proposals for fresh elections leading to legal independence for the rebel colony.

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    CU: Dr Nthato Motlana, Chairman of the Soweto Committee of Ten speaking in English in Johannesburg
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    CU: Bishop Tutu, Head of the South African Council of Churches speaking in English in Johannesburg.
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    MOTLANA: "Feelings of very great elation, when I heard yesterday that the Patriotic Front had in fact announced acceptance on the basis of equal treatment of their forces and the security forces (indistinct). I could have banged the desk in delight, I'm very happy about it all."



    VISNEWS' REPORTER: "This particular provision of the question of policing the security forces and the freedom fighting forces, do you anticipate trouble there?"



    MOTLANA: "I do not, but this is the king of thing we are worried about. You know, asking the Patriotic Front simply to lay down their arms, without ensuring that they can protect their own leaders, inside Zimbabwe, was the kind of thing that really frightened us. Now we're really happy."



    VISNEWS' REPORTER: "How do you feel about South Africa's position now that the Rhodesian situation has been resolved, pending majority rule?"



    TUTU: "Well it clearly means that more pressure is likely to be placed on South Africa. When the Rhodesian situation is sorted out we hope that the Namibian situation will also be sort out, and then there will only be South African left as the black sheep. And we hope very much that the South African authorities and the white community will have learnt the lesson of Rhodesia and not cause so much bloodshed by losing out on the options. Because Mr Smith could have settled long ago."




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    Background: While talks between Patriotic Front guerrilla leaders and the Salisbury government delegation of Bishop Abel Muzorewa continued in London in order to work out the terms of a ceasefire to end the seven-year war in Zimbabwe Rhodesia, black leaders in South Africa said they welcomed the agreement between the delegations on the British proposals for fresh elections leading to legal independence for the rebel colony. After ten weeks of negotiations, the Patriotic Front announced on Thursday (15 November) their acceptance of the British plan, which will give their forces equal status with security forces under the authority of a British governor. Two black South African leaders, Dr Nthato Motlana, the Chairman of the Soweto Committee of Ten and Bishop Tutu, the Head of the South African Council of Churches, say they are optimistic the settlement could lead to peace. Both men have commented on the implications of the agreement for the rest of southern Africa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADE3DIELAQ9GS0VW6U8SUK18A
    Media URN:
    VLVADE3DIELAQ9GS0VW6U8SUK18A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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