Two Rhodesian nationalist leaders, Mr. Joshua Nkomo and Mr. Robert Mugabe of the Patriotic Front,?
GV Foreign Office, Whitehall, London.
SV Mr. Joshua Nkomo and Mr. Robert Mugabe, plus delegation enter room.
SV British Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen centre with Nkomo (left) and Mugabe (right)
SV Nkomo and Mugabe take seats.
SV Dwen and delegation seated PAN TO Patriotic Front delegation.
CU Mugabe speaking to reporter.
MUGABE: "Smith has no role to play in any arrangements that are made. He must resign or be forced to do so."
REPORTER: "But is he not, in effect, voluntarily giving up power?"
MUGABE: "No. He is actually entrenching himself."
REPORTER: "Explain why."
MUGABE: "The deal, as you can see, does not transfer any power to the majority of people in Zimbabwe."
REPORTER: "Yet, in the cabinet that he says he is setting up next week, African would actually enjoy equal status in cabinet posts with the whites."
MUGABE: "What is majority in Parliament or in the cabinet when the instruments of power remain in the hands of the settlers? The army, the police, the civil service, the very machinery that holds the economic structure of the country, the judiciary, are all going to be in the hands and in the control of the settler community."
The third black nationalist signatory to the internal settlement, Chief Jerimiah Chirau, is due to arrive in London soon for talks at the Foreign Office, though it is not known whether or not he will see the Foreign Secretary or just officials. (The other black nationalist signatories were Bishop Abel Muzorewa and the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole). Mr. Nkomo and Mr. Mugabe have indicated they would attend a conference only if it is held within the framework of the Anglo-American proposals of last September.
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Background: Two Rhodesian nationalist leaders, Mr. Joshua Nkomo and Mr. Robert Mugabe of the Patriotic Front, arrived in London on Monday (March 13) for talks on Rhodesia with the British Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen. Later, Dr. Owen appealed to all sides in the Rhodesian dispute to come together. The only alternative was continued racial conflict, he warned.
SYNOPSIS: The two nationalist leaders went to Foreign Office in the afternoon to tell Dr. Owen why the Patriotic Front is unable to accept Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith's majority rules agreement, and why they are reluctant to join other nationalists in a new conference suggested by United Sates President Jimmy Carter
The talks lasted for two hours and were due to continue the following afternoon. Afterwards Mr. Mugabe said he thought Britain was drifting towards the internal settlement and away from the Anglo-American initiative. Dr. Owen told the Patriotic Front leaders he thinks the settlement is good in parts. Mr. Mugabe explained why even these parts weren't acceptable to him.