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    In Zambia, the Patriotic Front guerrilla movement has promised not to disrupt the Commonwealth Prime Minister's conference which opens in Lusaka later this month.

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    CU: ZAPU spokesman Willie Musarurwa speaking in English.

    SV: Journalists making notes.

    CU: Musarurwa replying to reporter's question in English.

    MUSARURWA: "Here is the full text of the statement: I have been following very carefully and closely propaganda that has been mounted likely from British circles, imputing malicious intentions on us to disrupt the forthcoming Commonwealth conference, by harming the distinguished guests of the Zambian government. The Rhodesian regime is taking advantage of this propaganda by mounting provocative attacks on our refugee camps in Zambia in order to worsen fears about the Commonwealth and disrupt interrupt our relations with Zambia. We have great deference of the Commonwealth and the role it plays internationally for the benefit of our struggle. I would like to assure everybody concerned that we would like the Commonwealth conference to succeed and that would not yield to subversive propaganda or provocations calculated to disrupt our brother relations with the people and government of Zambia. Consequently commencing one hour July 25, to 24 hours. August 10, 1979 we will not engage in any such activities at the Zambia-Rhodesia border as are likely to provide the pretext to the Rhodesian regime to undermine the prospect of the Commonwealth conference being held in Lusaka. We will however react vigorously if we are specifically attacked."

    MUSARURWA: "Why should Margaret Thatcher feel safe to come here and not the Queen? Margaret Thatcher is the real enemy, if you wish that we will have an enemy in Britain, not the Queen who is just a -- what is the correct word? figure head, yes that is the polite one."

    REPORTER: "Given Mrs. Thatcher's present position do you consider her as an enemy?"

    MUSARURWA: "No, we just consider her as a confused woman. A politically ignorant woman. Take even the statement she made recently, she won't allow the bullet -- she wanted alliteration she doesn't want the bullet to win over the ballot, you see. And her interest has just started now, and yet all along she knows that country was taken by the bullet, not by the ballot. It has been -- Zimbabwe has been ruled for all these years, almost 90 years by the bullet, not by the ballot."

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    Background: In Zambia, the Patriotic Front guerrilla movement has promised not to disrupt the Commonwealth Prime Minister's conference which opens in Lusaka later this month. Fears had been expressed over the safety of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is due to open the conference. In Lusaka on Friday (7 July) a news conference was held by willie Musarurwa, spokesman for one wing of the Front, the Zimbabwe African People's Union.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr Musarurwa was asked if British Premier Margaret Thatcher could feel safe at the conference as well as the Queen.

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