In Rhodesia a boycott by one of the four parties taking part in the internal settlement talks has ended.
In Rhodesia a boycott by one of the four parties taking part in the internal settlement talks has ended. The trouble began when Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of the United African National Council, walked out of the Salisbury talks on Friday (27 January) claiming he'd been insulted by the Rhodesian government delegation. But the differences were resolved on Tuesday (31 January) when Bishop Muzorewa's deputy James Chikarema and the Rhodesian deputy Prime Minister David Smith, met to discuss the problem.
SYNOPSIS: After a break for the weekend the talks resumed on Monday (30 January) -- but without Bishop Muzorewa and his UANC delegation.
While the Rhodesia talks continued the British Foreign Secretary, Dr. David Owen, was starting separate talks in Malta with Patriotic Front leaders. In Salisbury Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith was meeting the two nationalist leaders, Chief Jeremiah Chirau and the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole.
They're discussing an internal settlement plan which would exclude the Patriotic Front. The Reverend Sithole, speaking before the Muzorewa boycott was solved, gave this interview.