A rocket attack from Zambia and a demonstration by moderate blacks marked the arrival in Salisbury on Wednesday (2 October) of Lord Carver, the British Commissioner-designate for Rhodesia.
GV Lord Carver meeting Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere at official residence
GV British High Commission in Dar es Salaam
GV Robert Mugabe, and Joshua Nkomo standing on steps after meeting in Tanzania
???V Lord Carver out of aircraft and walking across tarmac at airport in Salisbury, Rhodesia (4 shots)
GV U.N. representative General Prem Chanu being greeted at airport (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators holding placards as Lord Carver's car drives past
In Dar es Salaam, Lord Carver was greeted by President Julius Nyerere with whom he had talks. Tanzania is one of the five black African so-called "front line" states in the confrontation with Rhodesia. Tanzania is also a patron of the Patriotic Front of Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Nkomo.
The British High Commission was the settings for Lord Carver's talks with the Patriotic Front leaders, after which Mr. Nkomo said the British had their view and the Rhodesian nationalists had theirs. It's reported that the Patriotic Front leaders told Lord Carver that his role as Commissioner during Rhodesia's transition to black rule was too powerful. A joint statement said only that further talks would be held. A further report from Martin Bell of the B.B.C. in the Rhodesian capital of Salisbury.
BELL: "Lord Carver and his military advisers were the first British soldiers to step on to Rhodesian soil since U.D.I. and this time, unlike his arrival in Dar es Salaam, he came in his Field-Marshal's uniform. The military dimension is being emphasised here. It will be part of Lord Carver's task to assure the Rhodesians that as Resident Commissioner he would have sufficient power to stave off anarchy during the six month transition period. Minutes later, the second delegation came in. The United Nations team, led by General Prem Chand, who are linked with but distinct from Lord Carver's mission. Besides General Chand, there's a Sierra Leonean, a Togalese and Cypriot -- United Nations indeed -- and for all of them, of course, it was the first time in Salisbury. While, for the Rhodesians, there was a small diplomatic triumph implied here. For the first time, a kind of de facto United Nations recognition of their regime. In town, Lord Carver had a surprise waiting for him -- a demonstrators' ambush by members of ZUPO, the moderate African grouping which claims the British are ignoring them."
REPORTER: MARTIN BELL
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Background: A rocket attack from Zambia and a demonstration by moderate blacks marked the arrival in Salisbury on Wednesday (2 October) of Lord Carver, the British Commissioner-designate for Rhodesia. Rhodesian military headquarters say a Zambian missile was fired at a plane carrying sightseers over the Victoria Falls as Lord Carver and United Nations representative, General Prem Chand began ceasefire talks in Salisbury. Before going to Rhodesia, Field Marshal Lord Carver held talks in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Monday (31 October) with nationalist guerrilla leaders Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe.