Bishop Abel Muzorewa, Chairman of the Rhodesian African National Council, (A.N.C.), urged the establishment of?
SV Pressmen at conference (2 shots)
CV Bishop, reporter asks questions. SOUND (Bishop replies at 21 ft., 6.4 metres, 34 seconds.)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: REPORTER: "Bishop Muzorows, on several occasions recently, both here and in London you have mentioned the possibility of a constitutional conference between the British Government, the Rhodesian Government and African representatives. What do you think is the possibility of this coming about?"
BISHOP: "I'm very hopeful in that I think that when I was in Britain I found out that the British people there felt that it was a new idea, that could be tried, and I hope that the Rhodesian authorities here, in light of what has happened in the rejection of the Africans of what is present, would also accept this. And if there is sincerity to start with, I think this could bring us to miracle."
REPORTER: "What benefits do you think a constitutional conference would bring, over and above the present settlement proposals now before Rhodesian voters?"
BISHOP: "First of all, I know that we would (INDISTINCT) without suspicion because Africans would be involved, which has been one of their worst criticisms. And then I believe that while I don't know what will come out of it, but I believe as the result of three parties in this, a just settlement would come out of it. In other words, the end result, I hope a just settlement."
REPORTER: "On this point, Bishop, if there is a no-vote, do you think there will be renewed negotiations between the two governments?"
BISHOP: "Well, this is what I am hoping, that it will take the form of a constitutional conference."
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Background: Bishop Abel Muzorewa, Chairman of the Rhodesian African National Council, (A.N.C.), urged the establishment of a constitutional conference to decide Rhodesia's future. He made his points at a press conference in Salisbury on Tuesday (22 February) two days after his return from a 16-day tour of Great Britain and the United States. Bishop Muzorewa said he hoped the conference would be arranged after the British Pearce Commission had returned its verdict on the acceptability of the proposals for a settlement between Britain and Rhodesia. The settlement terms are opposed by Bishop Muzorewa and the A.N.C.