After his success at the Organisation of African Unity summit in Gabon Rhodesian nationalist leader Mr Joshua Nkomo has called on all black Rhodesians to support his guerrilla organisation, the Patriotic Front.
SV: Rhodesian Patriotic Front leader Joshua Nkomo seated at desk speaking into microphone.
NKOMO: "We have discovered, and we did say in Geneva, that if our attempts in Geneva fail then that meant Britain regime allowing the war to continue and therefore we had no alternative but to intensify the armed struggle -- that we have done, and done very successfully. Thousands of our young people have come forward to give their lives for the liberation of their country. What can anybody give more than a man's life for the liberation of his ??? ???? And this is the fact that was recognised yesterday by the O.A.U. Now, when you who are associated with the Patriotic Front who need the Patriotic Front, do not fear that in this act of the heads of state there are people who must be considered as having been vanquish on or any of us or any of us having been victors over others. This was not a question of the vanquished and victors -- it's a question of the recognition of the struggle of the people of Zimbabwe to free themselves. Our brothers and sisters in the O.A.U. have decided to throw their lot behind the Patriotic Front and therefore it behooves all the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe wherever they may be, whoever they may be, whatever they are doing to throw their own lot behind the Patriotic Front."
Anglo - U.S. negotiators on the future of Rhodesia on Thursday (7 July) failed to overcome deep disagreement with black guerrillas on reaching a peaceful settlement in the white-ruled territory. After two hours of inconclusive talks with John Graham of Britain and Stephen Low of the U.S. Mr Nkomo said that "difference of approach" remained in key areas. These included the timetable for drafting an independence constitution and discussing details of an interim government.
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Background: After his success at the Organisation of African Unity summit in Gabon Rhodesian nationalist leader Mr Joshua Nkomo has called on all black Rhodesians to support his guerrilla organisation, the Patriotic Front. The Front, headed jointly by Mr Nkomo and Mr Robert Mugabe, was given firm backing by the OAU summit before it closed earlier this week(5 July). It was recognised as"the spearhead of the guerrilla war to establish black rule in Rhodesia."
SYNOPSIS: Mr Nkomo made his call for total support at a news conference in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, on his return from the summit.