Delegates to the British-sponsored conference on the future of Rhodesia have switched their talks from the subject of the date for majority rule in the breakaway British colony to the structure of the interim government of the country.
LV UN Building in Geneva, Switzerland
GV Rhodesia Conference Chairman Ivor Richard arriving and entering building
GV Rhodesian nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo arriving and entering building
CU Richard talking with officials on balcony ZOOM OUT TO GV DITTO
CU Security guards
SV Richard out of building and talking to newsmen Shot 7 commentary continues...
SV African delegates leave building and talk to newsmen
RICHARD: "Afternoon, gentlemen, good afternoon. I'm happy to say we've just had a very useful preliminary discussion on the structure of the Patriotic Front. We will be meeting them again tomorrow afternoon at 2.30 to continue that discussion. Thank you."
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Background: Delegates to the British-sponsored conference on the future of Rhodesia have switched their talks from the subject of the date for majority rule in the breakaway British colony to the structure of the interim government of the country.
SYNOPSIS: An agreement by two key African nationalist leaders to put off talks on a definite date for independence under black government broke the deadlock, which has stalled the conference for nearly a month On Monday (29 November), the conference chairman, Mr. Ivor Richard, organized a meeting with the two leaders, Mr. Joshua Nkomo and Mr. Robert Mugabe. Mr. Nkomo and Mr. Mugabe stressed that they still wanted full independence by first of December, 1977, and they reserved the right to bring the timing issue up again. They presented a document to Mr. Richard saying they were deferring discussion on the date to facilitate the business of the conference.
Mr. Richard has also held meetings with the other nationalist delegations led by Bishop Abel Muzorewa and the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, on the structure of the transitional, multiracial government to steer Rhodesia towards legal independence under majority rule.
After Monday's meeting Mr. Richard spoke to newsmen about the talks.
At a news conference, Mr. Nkomo later said Mr. Richard had explained his ideas about an interim government to them at the meeting. He said they would reply to that document and give their own interim government structure suggestions to the conference. Earlier, the document was circulated to all delegations attending the conference.