The Rhodesian Government confirmed on Tuesday (3 December) that two African leaders had been temporarily released form detention last month to attend a meeting in Lusaka.
SV Plane taxiis and Bottomley and Gardiner down steps and greeted (56 shtos)
GV & SV Crowds with banners (pro Nkomo) (2 shots)
LV PAN Conference Building
LV Group talking as cameramen look on (2 shots)
LV Group talking (2 shots)
SV Group walk towards camera
SV PAN Bottomley & Nkomo pose for photographs
CU & MV Nkomo walks back to conference table (3 shots)
CU & GV Sithole at news conference (2 shots)
PLANE ARRIVES, BOTTOMLEY AND OTHERS DISEMBARK: CROWDS WITH PRO-NKOMO BANNERS: VARIOUS VIEWS GROUP TALKING AND POSING FOR CAMERA: SITHOLE AT NEWS CONFERENCE
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Background: The Rhodesian Government confirmed on Tuesday (3 December) that two African leaders had been temporarily released form detention last month to attend a meeting in Lusaka.
The Government did not name the leaders, but informed sources in the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury, said they were Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of te Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) and the Rev. Nadabaningi Sithole, leader of the rival Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU).
According to the sources, a party of six nationalist leaders... two each form ZAPU, ZANU and the African National Council (ANC), the country's main legal black political group, flew form Rhodesia to Lusaka on 11 November.
They had secret talks with the leaders form Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique.
Both Mr. Nkomo and Rev. Sithole have been under detention since 1964, nearly a year before Prime Minister Ian Smith's regime made its Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
Observers see the short release of the two prisoners as the most important breakthrough for years in attempts to solve the Anglo-Rhodesian constitutional dispute.
And indications are that last month's talks could lead to full scale manoeuvres aimed at the calling of a round table conference of Rhodesian opinion to trash out the political future of the white ruled country.
Mr. Nkomo and Rev. Sithole have remained focal points of African nationalist aspirations in Rhodesia despite a decade of detention.
Though political rivals, they are both implacably opposed to Prime Minister Ian Smith's rule, and believe there must be majority rule in the southern African country of 270,000 whites and 5.7 million blacks.
The profiles of the two men were filmed in 1964 and 1965, believed to have been their last public appearances.
Mr. Nkomo was at a conference in 1965 with the Commonwealth Secretary Bottomley. He'd been brought to the meeting site form a detention camp.
Rev. Sithole was filmed in 1964 at a press conference in Salisbury after he'd returned form a two-month tour of East Africa.