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    Tuesday saw an important political development in Rhodesia. The assessment came from Bishop Abel Muzorewa,?

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    GV EXT. Building in Salisbury & flag flying outside (2 shots)

    MV Smith out of car & into building

    LV Crowd

    MV Bishop out of building & waves to crowd

    CU Bishop speaks

    BISHOP: "Cordial talks. But vary confidential.

    QUESTION: Do you think your next talks will involve members of the ANC executive other than yourself?

    BISHOP: I don't know. I don't think so.

    QUESTION: Can you say when you expect another meeting to be held between the Prime Minister or government ministers or officials.

    BISHOP: We have not made any proposals as to when we may meet again.

    QUESTION: Have you left that to the Prime Minister to decide?

    BISHOP: Well, we just ended where we said we would meet again. But whether he'll call again or I'll call again...we left it quite open.

    QUESTION: Do you feel confident new that you've had this talk?

    BISHOP: I believe so, yes.

    QUESTION: Do You believe that he's accepting you as leader of African opinion in the country now?

    BISHOP: Well, I believe that he talked to me like a person and I'm very pleased that he did because whenever you have close contact with people you have a different feeling about them...and so at least I can say he accepted me, he talked to me like a person.

    QUESTION: Do you see this meeting as an important advance for the ANC?

    BISHOP: I do -- not just for the ANC, but for the country.

    QUESTION: For the country?

    BISHOP: That's right. For all Rhodesians.

    QUESTION: White and blacks?

    BISHOP: Yes, that's right.Thank you."

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    Background: 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:

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