The British special envoy, Lord Greenhill, had two days of talks in the Rhodesian capital of Salisbury this week, to see if British influence could help the breakaway colony towards a peaceful constitutional settlement between blacks and whites.
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Background: The British special envoy, Lord Greenhill, had two days of talks in the Rhodesian capital of Salisbury this week, to see if British influence could help the breakaway colony towards a peaceful constitutional settlement between blacks and whites.
The former head of Britain's Diplomatic Service arrived on Thursday (26 February) only hours after Rhodesian security forces said they had killed 24 guerrillas in the biggest clash since the black nationalists started a bush war four years ago.
Lord Greenhill had two rounds of talks with Prime Minister Ian Smith and met the African Nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo. Representatives of a rival faction of the African National Congress (ANC), which has condemned current talks between Mr. Nkomo and Mr. Smith, as well as Lord Greenhill's visit, declined to meet him.
As he left, Lord Greenhill said he had gone to Rhodesia to listen and to learn and that he would now reflect on what he had heard. He will also report to the British Foreign Secretary, James Callaghan.
On Thursday about 600 supporters of the militant wing of the Nationalist Movement demonstrated outside Lord Greenhill's hotel. They carried placards saying "No talk -- war" "Greenhill go home -- don't waste out time", and "white pigs out of Zimbabwe".
The demonstrators were from the wing of the ANC led from self-imposed exile by Bishop Abel Muzorewa. The Muzorewa-ANC says both Mr. Smith and Mr. Nkomo represent minorities and that Britain should not deal with them.
Lord Greenhill and his two aides from the Foreign Office had left the hotel earlier and did not see the demonstration.