The leader of Rhodesia's Zimbabwe African People's Union, Mr. Joshu Knomo, arrived in Lusaka on?
SV: Rhodesian nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo leaves aircraft at Lusaka airport, Zambia, greeted by ZAPU party officials and talks to newsmen. (2 shots)
CU: ZAPU Deputy Secretary-General reads joint ZAPU-ZANU statement, followed by Knomo speaking (2 shots)
ZAPU DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL ARRISTON CHAMATI: "As the security front, we have decided to intensify the armed liberation struggle until the achievement of victory. Cognisant of the need of presenting a common and solid approach to national matters and being determined that our different political identities should not be a barrier to co-operation in promoting the revolutionary process of Zimbabwe and in ensuring that such revolutionary processes gain momentum. Our two organisations ZANU, ANC-ZAPU have resolved that they shall with solidarity of purpose adopt a common approach to all issues arising from the subject of current constitutional talks."
REPORTER: "Have you actually been invited to attend the conference?"
RHODESIAN NATIONALIST LEADER JOSHUA NKOMO: "We didn't have to be invited, we have called the conference." (laughter)
REPORTER: "You were supposed to invite everyone though, have they issued invitations?"
NKOMO: That's not the point. We are not being invited. The conference belongs to us.
The Dar as-Salaam statement issued by Mr. Nkomo and Mr. Mugase rejected the Anglo-American proposals put to Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith by US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger as a basis for discussions. Mr. Smith has insisted the conference work within the framework of the Kissinger proposals, which allow whites an important voice in n interim two-year government leading to majority rule. The nationalists want the conference to work towards immediate black rule and the release of all imprisoned guerrillas.
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Background: The leader of Rhodesia's Zimbabwe African People's Union, Mr. Joshu Knomo, arrived in Lusaka on Saturday (9 October) for talks with President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia. Only hours earlier in Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania, Mr. Nkomo announced preconditions for a British-sponsored Geneva conference on a Rhodesian settlement. The statement was issued jointly with the rival ZANU - the Zimbabwe African National Union - following reconciliation talks between Mr. Knomo and ZANU Secretary-General Mr Robert Mugase.