The Zimbabwe Rhodesia peace talks arrived at a critical stage when they were adjourned without any date being set for resuming the talks between the three parties, the Patriotic Front guerrillas, the bi-racial government of Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Britain.
SV Ghana's Foreign Minister, Isaac Chinebuah, addressing U.N. General Assembly in English (3 SHOTS)
CHINEBUAH: "We expect the British government to honour its pledge and fulfil all its responsibilities and obligations of the administering power, by insuring inter alia, that the Lancaster House conference produces a settlement acceptable to the black majority and to the International community. In the event that the Lancaster House negotiations on the independent constitution founder, there would be no alternative to the intensification of the arms struggle. And Ghana, for her part, would continue to exchange all moral and material support to the heroic Patriotic Front, until genuine majority rule was achieved. It does, however, need to be emphasised that it would not be enough to ensure agreement on an independence constitution, without agreements on the transitional arrangements leading to independence. The character of an interim administration, arrangements for properly supervised elections, and acceptable conditions for the ceasefire; all of these have to be agreed on before any question of lifting sanctions can properly arise. Neither a ceasefire, nor an end to international sanctions was envisaged at the Lusaka conference, except in the context of putting into operation a settlement which can truly be regarded as lasting and internationally acceptable."
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Background: The Zimbabwe Rhodesia peace talks arrived at a critical stage when they were adjourned without any date being set for resuming the talks between the three parties, the Patriotic Front guerrillas, the bi-racial government of Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Britain. The guerrilla leaders Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo have refused to give a clear answer to Britain's formula for a new constitution. At the United Nations on Thursday(11 October), Ghana's Foreign Minister, Isaac Chinebuah, in a speech to the General Assembly, said that failing a settlement, Ghana would support the Patriotic Front in an intensified struggle.