Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of one wing of Rhodesia's divided Africa National Council (ANC) said?
Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of one wing of Rhodesia's divided Africa National Council (ANC) said on Saturday (5 June) that there is no hope of reconvening the constitutional talks. He was speaking shortly after his arrival in the Algerian capital, Algiers.
He said that he had been very sceptical in 1975 when he had started talks with Mr. Ian Smith, leader of Rhodesia's white minority government. He found that Mr. Smith had not changed, he said "he was still a racialist."
The constitutional talks finally broke down in March this year. Since then, nationalist guerrillas have increased their activities along the border between Rhodesia and Mozambique.
Military conscription has been widened in Rhodesia and some businesses have complained that they cannot cope with the loss of their young white work force to the army.
A number of black African leaders have said they believe that force is now the only method of bringing down the Smith regime.
Mr. Nkomo is on a three week tour of African and European countries, which started in Kenya on 10 May.
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesian African nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo arrived in Algiers on Saturday and said there was no hope of reconvening constitutional talks with Ian Smith head of Rhodesia's white minority government.