British and Rhodesian negotiators met twice on Sunday(19 September) in an effort to solve the six-year-old constitutional deadlock over Rhodesia's seizure of independence.
British and Rhodesian negotiators met twice on Sunday(19 September) in an effort to solve the six-year-old constitutional deadlock over Rhodesia's seizure of independence. British and Rhodesian negotiators conferred in the offices of the Prime Minister Ian Smith in two separate sessions. It was the longest day of talks, since the British team, led by lord Goodman, arrived in Salisbury on Friday (17 September).
The session on Monday (20 September) is expected to be one of the last such meetings before the four-man British negotiating team returns to London. Both sides have maintained a strict official silence on the progress of the talks. The key issue at take is agreement on the pace of political advancement for the African majority in white-ruled Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: In Salisbury on Sunday, Anglo-Rhodesian talks continued in an effort to settle the six-year-old dispute of Rhodesia's seizure of independence.
Led by Lord Goodman, the four-man British negotiating team met their Rhodesian counterparts, in two separate sessions. Both sides have maintained a strict official silence over this series of talks, which began with the arrival of the British team on Friday. There has been no clear sign from either side whether the peace-seeking talks were going to succeed -- or fail like all the others. The dispute was triggered by Rhodesia's unilateral seizure of independence from British colonial rule in 1965.
Following the Sunday meetings, it was reported that the British mission would wind up talks in a day or so, and return to London to report to the British government. It appears that the key issue remains to be settled. The issue being the pace of African political advancement in a new constitution, envisaging eventual black rule in white-ruled Rhodesia.