Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, is welcome to join the next round of talks between the Patriotic Front Rhodesian guerrilla organisation, Britain and the United States, Josiah Chinamano, vice president of the African National Council (Zimbabwe) said on Monday (6 February).
SCU: Josiah Chinamand, vice-president of the African National Council (Zimbabwe) talking to newsmen in Salisbury, Rhodesia. Supporters with banners listening. (3 shots)
CHINAMAND: "The Malta talks are based on the desire to bring everyone involved here to create a constitution for Zimbabwe. And also to bring into being the international community, that is equally concerned about what is taking place. Whereas, in Rhodesia here, it is a forum of Mr Smith initiated by Mr Smith, with his good boys. Now, if they wanted to start a political party, if they wanted to disband the Rhodesian party, the United ANC and form a political party, this would be an excellent venue for them to discuss principles and policies of their party. But certainly not of their states, or not of their state. However, Mr Smith is free to bring his ideas to a common forum, which is chaired by Britain. If Mr Smith at any time decides to join these talks he will be welcome. Let him sell his ideas there.
And maybe he might be able to convince the African leadership and the Americans and the British that his views are right. You don't convince us by having little conclaves and discuss them with your good friends. You know Mr Smith is very fond of having a second front of talks. When their talks open he opens a second front. All the time. Now there are these Geneva talks, these Anglo-American, the Anglo-American proposals are still on the table, and Mr Smith as a delaying tactic introduces a second front. And when the other chaps are hypnotised, the other black leaders they feel here is the position. And they have gone halfway they realise their folly, they begin in a quarrel, quarrelling among themselves. If we all the Zimbabweans could put our heads to exhausting one front, exhaust it completely, and when we come to the end of the road we say so, hen we open another front. If we can do that we'll have the elect.....the independence this year, no doubt about it."
Referring to a resumption of talks with Britain and United States, Mr Chinamand said the next meeting would be smaller than the Malta talks, but would involve Dr. Owen, United States UN Ambassador Andrew Young, Mr Nkomo and Mr Mugabe. He spoke warmly of the Malta talks and said that they were very cordial, very business like, serious and a rapport was created.....an understanding for future talks. No firm date or venue, he said, had as yet been set for the next round of talks, but he added that there was no doubt that the coming meeting take a step forward.
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Background: Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, is welcome to join the next round of talks between the Patriotic Front Rhodesian guerrilla organisation, Britain and the United States, Josiah Chinamano, vice president of the African National Council (Zimbabwe) said on Monday (6 February). Mr Chinamano, the representative in Rhodesia for Joshua Nkomo, co-leader of the Front with Robert Mugabe, also announced that further talks between the Front, Britain and the United States would take place, probably within a few days. He said that last week's Malta talks had resulted in breakthrough on two major points. Britain, led by Foreign Secretary, David Owen had accepted the principle of a governing council to lead Rhodesia to black majority rule, and the Front accepted some United Nations involvement in the transitional period. He spoke at a news conference in the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury.