The Anglo-American peace initiative on Rhodesia received a severe setback at the weekend when guerrilla leaders rejected key elements of the settlement plan and described a multi-party system for the country as a luxury.
SV Mugabe and Nkomo arriving
SV Owen arriving
GV PAN Meeting in progress (2 shots)
SCU Owen speaking with reporter
CU Owen speaking
CU Mgabe speaking to reporters
REPORTER: "The danger is that the black leaders in Salisbury could soon commit themselves to the war with the Patriotic Front as strongly as the whites, making it black against black, unless, that is, the two sides can be persuaded to talk.
"They did, however, get the Patriotic Front leasers to agree to come to a conference during their meeting in Dar-es-Salaam. That meeting ended with the Patriotic Front still disagreeing with many important parts of the British-American plan.
"Once again, Dr. Owen has experienced the problems involved of trying to nudge two opposing sides close together, and he remains something of a pessimist about the outcome."
OWEN: "It may be impossible at this moment in time while the internal settlement people believe that they can win through and they think that hey have got the acceptance of the people. Now, there's grave doubt as to whether they have or not; time may the one thing that......will decide that. But i think it is important and significant that Mr. Smith is still talking in terms of wanting Mr.Nkomo involved and they've also, both Mr. Nkomo and Mr.Mugabe, can come into their arrangement. Now they won't do that we have to therefore narrow the gap, try and build on the areas of agreement."
REPORTER: "Adding to the difficulty is the outspoken radicalism of Mr. Mugabe, who made no bones about his wish to have a one-party state."
MUGABE: "(to achieve) Maximum progress you have got to concentrate your energies in one direction, and this one direction can only be brought about by your aligning yourselves as one force with ideological objectives that seek to be attained."
SECOND REPORTER: "These are Marxist ideological....?"
MUGABE: "Yes, yes, we have said so, there is nothing to hide about it."
PART SATELLITE TELERECORDING
REPORTER: JOHN SIMPSON
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Background: The Anglo-American peace initiative on Rhodesia received a severe setback at the weekend when guerrilla leaders rejected key elements of the settlement plan and described a multi-party system for the country as a luxury. United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and British Foreign Secretary David Owen had held tow days of talks in the Tanzanian capital of Dar-es-Salaam with Patriotic Front leaders Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe trying to persuade them to accept the proposals. Their rejection could, as BBC reporter John Simpson points out, now complicate the issue even further.