INTRODUCTION: A spokesman for the Rhodesian nationalist 'Patriotic Front' alliance of Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe has declared it will intensify the guerrilla war in the country -- and warned that if there was outside intervention, his movement could seek help from Cuba.
SV INTERIOR Rhodesian nationalist 'Patriotic Front' spokesman Callistus Ndlovu (left) seated in United Nations conference room
SV (SAME SHOT) Ndlovu addressing newsmen (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): NDLOVU: 'The people in Zimbabwe are fighting not just to replace a white government with a black government -- we're fighting for a fundamental change. And if a fundamental change is to take place, it means the people of Zimbabwe themselves must fight for it. The Cubans have always supported the liberation movement of Zimbabwe, but there is no need at the present moment for any Cuban troops to be sent to Zimbabwe. We shall continue to appreciate support that Cuba gives us through the kind of support which does not include Cuban troops themselves. But we expect, as the war intensifies, certain elements to intervene in Zimbabwe. And when these elements intervene, we reserve to ourselves the right to ask any of our allies who are willing to support us, to support us.
I don't believe that Cuba here should be singled out as the only possibility, but at the same time I don't believe at the present moment there's any forseable opportunity that Cuba will be brought into the conflict. We have more than enough manpower to deal with the Smith regime, provided we have the material to do that. If Ian Smith and his lackies believe that they can come up with a settlement that will end all their present problems, they must be out of their minds. From now on, the Patriotic Front seeks to widen the war of liberation, and unless Britain quickly comes up with an acceptable formula, we have no other recourse other than intensified armed struggle. In this struggle, we shall rely on the resources of our people and all the progressive forces of the world.'
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Patriotic Front is an alliance between two of the principal rival nationalist factions in Rhodesia -- the Zimbabwe African National Union under Mr. Nkomo, and Mr. Mugabe's wing of the Zimbabwe African people's Union. The Front has been recognised by the five so-called front-line leaders of Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana and Tanzania as the sole representatives of black Rhodesians.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A spokesman for the Rhodesian nationalist 'Patriotic Front' alliance of Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe has declared it will intensify the guerrilla war in the country -- and warned that if there was outside intervention, his movement could seek help from Cuba. Dr. Callistus Ndlovu, speaking at a news conference at the United Nations organised by the Zambian mission there, mentioned Cuba when he said the Patriotic Front reserved the right to seek help from 'any quarter'.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Ndlovu also confirmed that Cuba and 'other allies' were already helping them.