In Switzerland, the conference called to settle the future of Rhodesia was still in full session -- on Friday (12 November) and after several days negotiation is was reported that a positive breakthrough may be possible.
SCU PAN: Rhodesian black nationalist leader, Robert Mugabe and party walking into building, Geneva, Switzerland.
CU PAN: Rhodesian black nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo and party walking into building.
SCU: Rhodesian conference chairman Mr. Ivor richard of Britain, walks to microphone and addresses gathering.
Rhodesian Foreign Minister Pieter Van Der Byl speaking.
"We are just seeing the Patriotic Front delegation, I shall be seeing the other delegations this afternoon, I hope we are in a position soon to call a plenary, indeed I could hope that it will be within the next day or so. Think you."
"Awfully little, we've had a meeting, it's been useful and we're going to have another one tomorrow, but there's nothing else that one could tell you at the moment."
The two-week old conference was in difficulties from Wednesday last week (3 November) on the issue of deciding a date for the independence of Rhodesia. The four african nationalist leaders attending the talks had been insisting this should be settled before going on to other business.
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Background: In Switzerland, the conference called to settle the future of Rhodesia was still in full session -- on Friday (12 November) and after several days negotiation is was reported that a positive breakthrough may be possible.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Robert Mugabe was one of the black Rhodesian nationalist leaders who spent time with Mr. Ivor Richard, the British chairman of the conference, along with another black leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo. Afterwards Mr. Richard gave his views on the latest development -- and so too did Mr. Pieter Van Der Byl, the white Rhodesia Foreign Minister.