In the United States, President Jimmy Carter, and Zimbabwe Rhodesia Prime Minister, Bishop Abel Muzorewa were to hold an unprecedented meeting on Wednesday (12 July) with signs that there is little hope for improved relations between the two countries.
In the United States, President Jimmy Carter, and Zimbabwe Rhodesia Prime Minister, Bishop Abel Muzorewa were to hold an unprecedented meeting on Wednesday (12 July) with signs that there is little hope for improved relations between the two countries. Bishop Muzorewa held talks with Senators and Congressmen on Tuesday (10 July) and had a meeting with Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance. United States officials said both Mr Vance and the President would urge Bishop Murorewa to lessen the veto power given to whites under the new constitution--which was approved by the white minority. But Bishop Muzorewa stands firm saying, " I don't have to take any further steps. I've done what needs to be done."
SYNOPSIS: Bishops Muzorewa met Senators Schweiker, Byrd and Hayakawa--all of whom oppose trade sanctions against Zimbabwe Rhodesia. They congratulated the Bishop on his victory in the recent elections. But the American government's stand that "genuine majority rule must be brought about first in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia" continues.
Only if Bishop Muzorewa agrees to alter the new constitution in Zimbabwe Rhodesia will the United States revise it's policy on sanctions.
When Bishop Muzorewa lunched with editorial board at the Washington Post, he drew a crowd of demonstrators who chanted in support of the Patriotic Front--which is led by Joshua Nkomo.
The Bishop has said he is looking for what he calls sanity in the international community. He charges that it is insane to continue to impose the same sanctions on a popularly elected government that were formerly imposed on the white minority government.
Later, Bishop Muzorewa went on to Congress to plead his case for the lifting of the United States trade sanctions.
Bishop Muzorewa arrived in Washington declaring he was bringing a "bombshell of truth" about his country to all who would listen. But he sharply curtailed his planned public relations campaign on learning of a scheduled meeting with President Carter.
Bishop Muzorewa's message to the Congress was that the area of racialist society in Zimbabwe-rhodesia has ended.