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    Rhodesian Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo has called for top-level talks with Britain on ending the territory's guerrilla war.

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    SV: Nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo speaking to newsmen (4 shots)

    NKOMO: "Among other things, it is reported that the agreement provides for a constitution based on one-man-one-vote, a concession of three to six months under the control of the British Government and that possibly there would be a ceasefire followed by the participation of the guerrilla forces - in the maintenance of peace and security during the transition. I would like to state clearly that the solution of the Rhodesian problem must be the elimination of the causes of the war and this can only come about through an agreement between the forces locked in combat. That means the Patriotic Front, on the one had representing the people of Zimbabwe, and the British Government being the colonial administrators. The solution must be the transfer of power to the people of Zimbabwe, and not to the Patriotic Front. It is quite obvious that the British Government is not coming face to face with the actual, concrete problem because it is lending opportunity to the sell-out scheme planned by Smith, Sithole, Muzorewa and Chirau to set up a puppet regime. Hundreds of our activists have been arrested and locked up in order to clear the way for the sell-out campaigns of the puppet trio - Sithole Muzorewa and Chirau. I must emphasise that no amount of arrests will destroy our determination to defeat the racist regime of Rhodesia through armed struggle. The increase of mercenaries accounts for the brutal atrocities now being perpetrated on our people. Our struggle will continue regardless until victory, and victory is certain. That you can be sure of."

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    Background: Rhodesian Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo has called for top-level talks with Britain on ending the territory's guerrilla war. On Tuesday (12 July) He also indicated that Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith could attend as part of the British delegation. But he made it clear at a news conference in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, that he wanted his Patriotic Front Alliance with fellow guerrilla leader Robert Mugabe to have political and military power to supervise the switch to black majority rule, a demand already rejected by Mr. Smith.

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