Mr. Joshua Nkomo, one of the leaders of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front, has replied to?
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MR. NKOMO: "The essence of the co-meeting was that Mr Ian Smith wanted to surrender power to the Patriotic Front. But he has come across certain difficulties. One of which is how to appease his puppets so that it may be possible again to work with them. He is trying to reconstruct the so-called interim regime which has broken to pieces. It is almost in tatters now. When he was in Lusaka, he said he was unable to get his arrangements to work. He admitted that he was finished politically. To me, he was not only finished politically, he was just a very sick man. He is broken, physically. Western media, mass media, has claimed that some of our fighters shot and killed some of the survivors of the crash. This is a blatant lie. There can be no lie to beat this one. This, I must emphasise: Please keep away from Air Rhodesia. Just keep clear of those planes, because we just will not know when they are carrying military personnel and equipment and when they carry some passengers. What I read from Ian Smith's statement, it is quite clear, beyond doubt, that there can be no possibility of ending the Rhodesian problem by any conference. To me, and I think the British and the Americans must accept this, the so-called all-party conference is dead and buried. Smith means war. And if Smith means war, then we are ready to fight and remove Smith and his regime."
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Background: Mr. Joshua Nkomo, one of the leaders of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front, has replied to Mr Ian Smith's announcement of a form of martial law in some areas of Rhodesia. Mr Nkomo said Mr Smith's action means that the Anglo-american call for an all-party conference of Rhodesia was "dead and buried." Speaking in Lusaka, Zambia, on Monday (11 September) Mr Nkomo also denied that his guerrilla forces shot survivors of the Air Rhodesia airliner crash. However, he warned future passengers to avoid the airline. Mr. Nkomo had met secretly with Mr Smith in Zambia last month. He gave his interpretation o that meeting.