INTRODUCTION The British Foreign Secretary, Doctor Owen, says he hopes to be able to say soon whether the United States and Britain will co-sponsor a conference to develop a clear timetable for achieving majority rule in Rhodesia in 1978.
MV President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Rhodesian nationalist leaders Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe down aircraft steps in Lusaka, Zambia
SV PAN Party across tarmac
SV Mugabe and Nkomo into helicopter
SV Nkomo speaking at news conference in State House, Lusaka (in English)
MV Mugabe speaking at news conference (in English)
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 4: NKOMO: "What we are saying is that the situation itself will decide whom we support.
Now with all due respect this is the situation. It's clear to us... (INDISTINCT)... We are in a war situation. Guns are going off while we are talking. And in any war it is the warring parties who must decide. This is the position you know. Who Dr Owen decides to send to London, Dr Owen and the British know what the situation is."
SEQ 5: MUGABE: "We have decided that there should be a closing of ranks in a variety of fields. That in fact we should now co-ordinate various departments, our publicity departments for example, political organisation departments.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dr Owen made it clear on his return to London that the transition to majority rule in Rhodesia would be far from easy. He said there was considerable scepticism almost verging on disbelief as to whether the Rhodesia Front and the Rhodesian Premier, Mr Ian Smith, really did intend to give up power and accept a black majority Government.
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Background: INTRODUCTION The British Foreign Secretary, Doctor Owen, says he hopes to be able to say soon whether the United States and Britain will co-sponsor a conference to develop a clear timetable for achieving majority rule in Rhodesia in 1978. He was reporting on Tuesday (19 April) to Britain's House of Commons on his visit to eight African countries, and discussions there with African leaders concerning Rhodesia. He had returned from his tour the previous day. He said he was now convinced even more of the urgent need to end the war in Rhodesia.
As Dr Owen was speaking, President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia was returning home to Lusaka from Luanda in Angola, where he had talks on Rhodesia. He had been accompanied by Mr Joshua Nkomo and Mr Robert Mugabe, the joint leaders of the Rhodesian Nationalist movement the Patriotic Front.
The talks in Angola were also attended by Mozambique, Botswana and Tanzania. With Zambia and Angola, they had all decided earlier to concentrate on backing the Patriotic Front to the exclusion of all other nationalists involved in the Rhodesian affair.
After travelling by helicopter to Zambia's State House in Lusaka, the Patriotic Front leaders held a news conference. Mr Nkomo started.