Within a week of the election landslide victory by Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, one of the country's black nationalist leaders, Reverend Sithole, has rejected the Smith plan for a broad based government with black leaders.
CU: Sithole speaks to newsmen (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: SITHOLE: "I hope after we have studied thoroughly the Anglo-American proposals, we would like to put forward out views publicly, and what we feel should be done and would invite Mr Smith and others to an open discussion of the matter. I must say we do not see any reason for this internal settlement when actually every one of us, the Rhodesian Front, the FrontLine states, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and the UNC have participated in the consultative exercise that has been carried on by the Anglo-American team. We therefore doubt very much the good intentions of the idea of an internal settlement because even the Anglo-American proposals themselves are based on what the people of this country have accepted and put forward. This is why we lay more importance on the Anglo-American proposals, particularly that at long last they have accepted the principle of one man one vote.
The Anglo-American proposals have been carried to the Smith Government By British Foreign Secretary, Dr David Owen, and the US Ambassador to the United States, Mr Andrew Young. They included the establishment a UN peace force which would police the country for six months while British envoy finalised plans for a national plebiscite. The peace force was to have included Rhodesian security forces and patriotic front guerrillas. However, this was rejected by Prime Minister Smith.
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Background: Within a week of the election landslide victory by Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, one of the country's black nationalist leaders, Reverend Sithole, has rejected the Smith plan for a broad based government with black leaders. Reverend Sithole was speaking at a news conference in Salisbury (7 September) where he called on other black leaders to forge a united front in opposition to the present regime. However, his suggestion was dismissed by all other nationalist political parties, including those of Bishop Abel Muzorewa, Mr Joshua Nkomo and Mr Robert Mugabe. This has been interpreted by some observers to indicate that the struggle for power in the troubled country will continue at least until a national, plebiscite is held for both black and white Rhodesians.
SYNOPSIS: Reverend Sithole called the news conference to outline his position on peace initiatives in Rhodesia: