A new threat to the peace plan for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia emerged on Tuesday (7 August) as Commonwealth leaders ended their summit conference in Lusaka.
A new threat to the peace plan for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia emerged on Tuesday (7 August) as Commonwealth leaders ended their summit conference in Lusaka. The biggest guerrilla army fighting the Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Government -- the patriotic Front -- set tough preconditions for its acceptance of the new peace plan. In particular, it insists that nationalist guerrillas must form the new army of Zimbabwe.
SYNOPSIS: The week-long Commonwealth Summit ended a day earlier than scheduled because of the surprising speed at which the peace plan was agreed. The proposals call on Britain to draw up a new constitution for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, to organise all party talks and to supervise fresh elections. For British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the summit has so far proved a personal triumph. And it surprised those who expected a major confrontation between her and black African leaders.
In her final address to the thirty-eight other Commonwealth leaders, Mrs Thatcher promised swift action towards implementing the plan.
A spokesman for Patriotic Front leader Robert Mugabe commented on the Commonwealth peace plan.
Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, also commented to newsmen.
In Zimbabwe Rhodesia there was cautious reaction to the Commonwealth package. Former Prime Minister, Ian Smith, spoke to Michael Cole: