Tuesday saw an important political development in Rhodesia. The assessment came from Bishop Abel Muzorewa,?
Tuesday saw an important political development in Rhodesia. The assessment came from Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of the African National Council (ANC), following his first official discussions with Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith. The talks, which lasted 90 minutes, took place at Bishop Muzorewa's request.
The principal question surrounding the talks was whether the two leaders would find sufficient common ground to establish a dialogue. Only three weeks ago, Mr. Smith rejected what he said were the ANC's constitutional demands -- including immediate equal parliamentary representation for blacks and whites -- and told the country that the chances of settlement with Britain over the independence dispute were remote.
It was this statement that prompted Bishop Muzorewa to call for talks, saying that on-one outside the ANC know of its proposals -- and adding that these were, in any case, "highly negotiable".
Newsmen questioned Bishop Muzorewa about this latest development as he emerged from his first meeting with Prime Minister Smith: