The Rhodesian nationalist leaders, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole and Mr. Joshua Nkomo, have both welcomed?
GV British chairman of Rhodesian conference, Ivor Richard, arriving and entering building in Geneva, Switzerland
GV Rhodesian nationalist leader Ndabaningi Sithole out of car and entering building
SCU INT Sithole at microphone addressing newsmen
SV Rhodesian nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo walking to microphone at news conference
SV Nkomo addressing news conference
TRANSCRIPT: SITHOLE: "I mean...there is a growing appreciation of the necessity of a British presence in Zimbabwe during the interim period. We think that is a real achievement. I think it can be said with all fairness that while almost all the delegations have hot shifted their positions, I think the U.K. has shifted its position to something that is more positive in that now if Britain actually assumes a well defined role, the conference should move forward more systematically than it has done before."
REPORTER: "What about the British presence -- military presence -- are you still demanding that?"
NKOMO: "The British military presence did you say? No, we don't want that. We have got sufficient forces of our own to keep law and order. Britain can be present and we have said Britain should give ...take part in the decolonisation process by sending resident commissioner there with certain powers and of course and her working with the Council of Ministers. He will naturally be a formal figure but with the power to get things done as far as the British side is concerned."
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Background: The Rhodesian nationalist leaders, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole and Mr. Joshua Nkomo, have both welcomed the British Government decision to play a bigger role in moves toward majority rule for Rhodesia. The two men gave their views to reporters in Geneva after another round of talks with the British conference chairman, Mr. Ivor Richard.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Richard saw the leaders of the nationalist delegations on Monday (13 December). They's all been calling on Britain to take a leading role in the transition period to majority rule. The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, has stated that he does not like the idea of a British presence in Salisbury. However, this is a view not shared by Mr. Sithole:
One idea is for a British resident commissioner in Salisbury--a suggestion condemned by Mr. Smith but welcomed by Mr. Nkomo.