It was announced in London on Monday (18 October) that the Rhodesian nationalist, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, is being invited to attend the Geneva conference on Rhodesia's constitutional future.
SV President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia (lift) and President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania walk out from building (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV of Kaunda an Nyerere standing together and ZOOM IN TO Nyerere
SV Two Presidents and officials entering room for luncheon
SV Nyerere eating and seated next to President Samaora Machel of Mozambique
SV Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana seated at table
GV presidents seated at table
GV President Khama shakes hands with Nyerere, then Kaunda and Machel
SV Kaunda and Khama walk to aircraft
GV Men playing drums and signing
SV Khama waves and steps into aircraft
GV Man balancing on top of pole
SV Presidents (from left to right) Kaunda, Nerere and Machel watching pole man
SV Nyerere shaking hands with officials and boards aircraft (2 shots)
GV Men dancing traditional dance
SV Machel standing with Kaunda ZOOM IN TO handkerchief in Kaunda's hand
SV Machel shakes hands with Kaunda and boards aircraft
The Geneva talks are now due to open on 28 October but it is not yet clear what the exact agenda for the conference will be. The nationalists want to discuss plans for the setting up of an interim government in Rhodesia and the eventual hangover of power to the black majority. But Premier Ian Smith has said that the subjects for discussion should not be so wide-ranging.
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Background: It was announced in London on Monday (18 October) that the Rhodesian nationalist, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, is being invited to attend the Geneva conference on Rhodesia's constitutional future. The announcement came ne day after leaders of four African countries called on Britain to give a place at the conference to Reverend Sithole. The Presidents of Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Botswana met in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on sunday (17 October).
SYNOPSIS: President Kenneth Kaudnda -- on the left - was host for the summit and is seen here with President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. President Nyerere made a call during the summit for Britain to assume what he called its "full colonial responsibilities." at the Geneva conference. He said Britain still had residual powers in Rhodesia and should appoint a representative to serve in Rhodesia during any interim government.
Also attending the Zambian summit was Mozambique's President, Samora Machel - on the left - and President Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana. Both are from the so-called "Front-line" states bordering Rhodesia.
The summit ended with the Presidents' call for Reverend Ndabaningi's inclusion in the Geneva talks. Mr. Sithole contests the leadership of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) with Mr. Robert Mugabe, who had already been invited to Geneva. Britain has invited to Geneva. Britain has also invited Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Mr. Joshua Nkomo - two other Rhodesian leaders. Bishop Muzorewa and Robert Mugabe both attended the summit in Lusaka.
Britain has offered to convene and provide a chairman for the Geneva conference but is believed by some political observers to be reluctant to go further. The black Africans are anxious that Britain should take the initiative for the Rhodesian minority leader, Mr. Ian Smith. An envoy of the British government, Mr. Denis Grennan, has been in Africa acting as a liason with the nationalists. Mr. Grennan met Bishop Muzorewa and Mr. Mugabe but there was no word no what was discussed. Mr. Mugabe has yet to react publicly to the Geneva invitation to Reverend Sithole. but it is hoped that the two men's political differences will not damage the constitutional talks in Switzerland.