Zimbabwe Rhodesian Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa as a representative of a regime still technically considered illegal by the British Government escaped arrest in London on Friday (13 July) when he arrived for talks with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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MUZOREWA: "But there is a definite determination on the part of the President and the Government to see that sanctions end and that recognition is friendly. It may be that we may not agree on the speed that, the fact that they are definitely trying to do that."
REPORTER: "Are you saying that nothing will happen until after the Commonwealth conference?".
MUZOREWA: "It looks like now everybody is geared to go to the commonwealth conference and that's what seems to be the case and whatever we say, whatever I suggested whatever demand I put before them, since they are now in the mood of going to the Commonwealth conference first they are preoccupied with that. And I just think that, we have agreed that we may have another conference after that.
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Background: Zimbabwe Rhodesian Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa as a representative of a regime still technically considered illegal by the British Government escaped arrest in London on Friday (13 July) when he arrived for talks with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The request for Bishop Muzorewa's arrest was made by anti-apartheid activists, who claimed he should be charged with treason.
SYNOPSIS: The police did not arrest Muzorewa, but protected him from angry demonstrators on his way to No. 10, Downing Street.
And so the Bishop became the first Rhodesian Minister to come to London since his country seized independence in 1965. At No. 10 he met with Mrs. Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington. But their talks failed to win the Bishop early recognition for the Zimbabwe Rhodesia government and removal of sanctions imposed fourteen years ago.
After the talks Bishop Muzorewa was less confident than when he left Zimbabwe Rhodesia to convince the United States and Britain to drop sanctions. The U.S. also upheld sanctions.