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    Britain gave Patriotic Front leaders 24 hours to reach final agreement at the Rhodesia Peace talks in London, on Friday (14 December).

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    SV INTERIOR Dr. Silas Mundawarara speaking to reporter

    SV Salisbury Military Commander General Perter Walls listening to question from interviewer

    SV Walls speaking to reporter

    REPORTER: "The conference is over as far as you and your delegation is concerned, what's going to happen then? Are you just going to walk away?"

    MUNDAWARARA: "Well, not walk away. The Chairman himself made it quite clear when he issued his last paper that as I quoted in my statement -- the last one. If the Chairman accepts that the paper issued was the last one and the acceptance of the ceasefire agreement was the last act in this conference therefore we are not going to walk away, just to walk away, but we will leave the conference with the sanction of the Chairman and for us the conference will have been successfully completed."

    REPORTER: "And the Patriotic Front, presumably, if it doesn't accept will be left out in the cold?"

    MUNDAWARARA: "Well, here I would like to remind you again that both in the Lusaka agreement and here the Chairman has indicated several times that on one party in the conference can be allowed a veto. So we accept that.......very soon that if the Patriotic Front can't make up their minds, the Chairman will make up their minds for them by putting the chop."

    WALLS: "Well, if there's no ceasefire the war will go on for a while. I don't see it escalating: Why do you think the Patriotic Front have been forced to accept the terms they have? The reason is that they have been defeated militarily. They and the Frontline states can do longer succour and sponsor them. They tell them, you get down, you guys and accept that ceasefire because we're not backing you any longer. So I don't see the war escalating. If it does, we'll have to cope with it. But now we've got sanctions lifted. We should have sanctions lifted all over the world, I hope. We will be recognised. We will have all the assistance we need which we didn't have particularly before."

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    Background: Britain gave Patriotic Front leaders 24 hours to reach final agreement at the Rhodesia Peace talks in London, on Friday (14 December). A final session of the talks, now in their fourteenth week was called for Saturday morning (15 December). There was no comment, however on what would happen if the co-leaders, still considering Britain's ceasefire plan,failed to agree. On Thursday (13 December) Dr. Silas Mundawarara, a member of the Muzorewa delegation said as afar as his delegation was concerned the conference was over. and Salisbury's military commander General Peter Walls said the Patriotic Front guerrillas had been beaten and would no longer be able to intensify Rhodesia's seven-year bush war.

    SYNOPSIS: General Walls was asked about the ceasefire.

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