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    Rhodesian Nationalist leader Mr. Joshua Nkomo said in Salisbury on Wednesday (21 May) that a?

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    GV Aircraft arrives

    SV Salisbury Airport building

    SV Nkomo out of aircraft and greeted

    SV People cheer and wave

    CU Nkomo speaking to newsmen

    REPORTER: "If there is not going to be a Constitutional conference as you say how is the Rhodesian problem going to be resolved?"

    NKOMO: "I didn't say that. Don't put words in my mouth. I did not say there would be no Constitutional Conference. What I did say is this: 'That there has never been any question of a Constitutional Conference with Mr. Smith. What we were doing we were having preliminary talks. A Constitutional Conference can only be held with Britain and I have had talks with Mr. Wilson and Mr. Challaghan to that effect'. And I can assure you that there are prospects."

    REPORTER: "Are you saying that both Mr. Wilson and Mr. Callaghan have both rejected the idea of a Constitutional Conference involving Mr. Smits?"

    NKOMO: "I didn't say that your are saying it yourself. I didn't say that. I am only saying that there is no question of as Constitutional Conference with Mr. Smith. What we do have with Mr. Smith is preliminary talks towards a possible Constitutional Conference with Britain. Who colonised this country? Britain, and nobody else. And Britain must give us independence. Mr. Smith hasn't got independence in his pocket. Independence is in Britain, that's where we want it and we shall get it."

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    Background: Rhodesian Nationalist leader Mr. Joshua Nkomo said in Salisbury on Wednesday (21 May) that a Constitutional Conference over Rhodesia would have to be held with the British Government whether Mr. Ian Smith was present or not.

    The African National Council had agreed, he said, only to preliminary talks with Ian Smith that would lead to a Constitutional Conference.

    Speaking at Salisbury Airport on his return from the commonwealth Conference in Jamaica, Mr. Nkomo said it was Britain which had colonised Rhodesia and it was Britain which had to give the country full independence.

    The nationalist leader also claimed on Wednesday that "certain people" were dressing young Africans in fake guerrilla uniforms and sending them out to commit acts of violence against African civilians. He had been asked why alleged guerrilla violence was directed mainly at African civilians.

    Mr. Nokomo said: "If I were to tell you that certain people are clothing these people in uniforms supposed to be of the freedom fighters and sending these people to commit violence against people, and thereby saying it is the boys in the bush who are doing that, and yet the people responsible for that violence are sitting safely here in Salisbury".

    ??? Nkomo is the first A.N.C. leader to make the allegation publicly.

    This film includes part of Mr. Nkomo's statement to newsmen. A transcript is given overleaf.

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