Britain's special envoy to Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Lord Harlech, arrived in the capital, Salisbury, on Tuesday (3 July) for urgent talks with Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa.
LV: Lord Harlech and party leaving aircraft at Salisbury airport
SV: Lord Harlech arrives in airport lounge for news conference.
CU: Harlech speaking to newsmen
CU: newsmen and women at conference
CU: Harlech continuing his statement
HARLECH:"Well, the fact that elections have taken place on the basis of universal suffrage, over sixty percent of the voting population voted, that there is now a majority of Africans in the Parliament a majority of Africans in the Cabinet, an African Prime Minister, an African President, head of state, all these things are a very substantial change. And along the lines, as I say, that the international community have been asking for. And it's therefore a question of building on that, to see whether we cannot find again, a settlement of the whole Zimbabwe Rhodesia situation and restore peace. That's what everybody wants, and I believe there is now an opportunity of gaining it."
HARLECH: "But there is a recognition that progress has been made. Different 'Front Line' states would make a different assessment of how much progress has been made. But undoubtedly a new situation has arisen and I think everybody recognises that."
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Background: Britain's special envoy to Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Lord Harlech, arrived in the capital, Salisbury, on Tuesday (3 July) for urgent talks with Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa. In London, the right-wing newspaper the Daily Express said Thursday (5 July) that Lord Harlech had taken a blunt message to Salisbury -- there must be significant changes in the Constitution before Britain lifts trade sanctions. Bishop Muzorewa will be coming to Britain later this month for talks with Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
SYNOPSIS: It was Lord Harlech's first visit to Salisbury since he was a member of a commission on the settlement plan for Rhodesia in 1972. He described his mission as an 'exercise in quiet diplomacy' to effect recognition for the former British colony.
Lord Harlech visited six 'Front Line' states last month -- Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola and Botswanayas well as Nigeria.