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    The Zimbabwe Patriotic Front would accept aid from any country which supports its aims in achieving independence, the Front's co-leader, Mr.

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    GV PAN Zimbabwe African National Union's (ZANU) delegates at meeting in Moputo, Mozambique

    GV Zimbabwe Patriotic Front's co-leader, Robert Mugabe

    CU Mugabe being interviewed in English (2 shots)

    MUGABE: "The only pacific method there is now is the war. The war is intended to bring about peace in the country. It's the only effective way of achieving peace. The Anglo-American negotiations have failed."


    MUGABE: "They have failed because the Anglo-Americans -- have modified them so badly that they are no longer acceptable to us. They no longer seek to transfer power; they seek to establish a neo-colonialist state in the country. And, on that basis, we find we cannot accept them any more."

    INTERVIEWER: "You say you are (indistinct). Do you mean, for instance, Cuban troops and Soviet weapons?"

    MUGABE: "When we talk of support for our war, we mean support from any country which is agreed with us in our objective of achieving independence. Any country whatsoever, can give us the weapons. But we always have said we are our own liberators, and our own men will do the fighting. The weapons can come from Cuba; they can come from the Soviet Union, from China -- or from many other countries who support us. But the men must be our men."

    INTERVIEWER: "What about the property -- the private property?"

    MUGABE: "The personal property belongs to the individual. But what nature gave us, what God gave us, the minerals, the forests, the fisheries, the mountains -- they belong to the people as a whole. They are not the property of any one man, they are the property of us all, and all of us should own that property, through the State. This is in our opinion a very just way of looking at the property that belongs to the people as a whole."

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    Background: The Zimbabwe Patriotic Front would accept aid from any country which supports its aims in achieving independence, the Front's co-leader, Mr. Robert Mugabe said in Mozambique on Tuesday (6 February). He said the offer of weapons could come from countries such as China, Cuba or the Soviet Union, but his own troops must do the fighting. Mr Mugabe said his movement, which controls much of the Rhodesian countryside, was heading towards military victory, and was entitled to the reins of government. He told the New York Times that he felt the forces of the Patriotic Front's other co-leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, operating from Zambia, had contributed so little to the bush war they could not 'share the spoils of victory'.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mugabe's guerrilla forces which are based in Mozambique, have received some support from China and other communist countries. Mr. Nkomo, and his forces in Zambia have for years received support from the Soviet Union. Mr. Mugabe dismissed the protracted series of negotiations as a way to settle Zimbabwe's future.

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