At the United Nations, the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Major General Henry Adefope, strongly criticised the decision by the United States government to allow Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith to attend a special meeting of the United States Congress on Rhodesia.
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SV Nigerian Foreign Minister Majora General Henry Adefope speaking in English with voice over delegates listening. (3 SHOTS)
ADEFOPE: "We remain convinced that an all-party conference could provide the best form for resolving outstanding differences, so as to pave the way to getting democratic rule. In this regard it is a matter of grave concern to the Nigerian delegation that some members of the United States Congress have thought it fit to invite the leader of the rebel regime to appear before the Congress on the issue of majority rule in zimbabwe. It is well known that past Anglo-American attempts to convene an all-party conference have been frustrated by the recalcitrant attitude of Ian Smith and his clique. Unfortunately, this invitation will be used by Ian Smith and his supporters in Congress to promote the internal settlement, and also to whip up sentiment both in Congress and among the American public for the possible lifting of the sanctions imposed by the United Nations on the rebel regime. It would be tragic, if this invitation to Ian Smith is the first in a change of events that can lead only to the escalation of the conflict with the consequent tragic loss of life."
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Background: At the United Nations, the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Major General Henry Adefope, strongly criticised the decision by the United States government to allow Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith to attend a special meeting of the United States Congress on Rhodesia. General Adefope was speaking during a General Assembly debate on Thursday (5 October) and went on to discuss his government's attitude to the Rhodesian crisis.
SYNOPSIS: General Adefope began by describing the Nigerian delegation's hopes for a peaceful settlement in Rhodesia.