In Rhodesia, the three Nationalist leaders who have joined with Ian Smith to work out a new interim government are adamant that the internal settlement can and will succeed.
CU Sithole speaking and answering questions. (2 shots)
SITHOLE: "Well I think he's still trying to sell the case for the P.F. But of course it is too late. The agreement is already generating new realities, which are beyond the understanding of those outside our borders."
REPORTER: "Have you got any message which you would like to send to Mr. Young, because Mr. Young has not come to Rhodesia on this trip.
SITHOLE: "The message which I would like to send to Mr. Young is this. That both the United Kingdom and the United States should accept this agreement because it represents the wish of the people of this country."
REPORTER: "What if the Frontline Presidents succeed in helping the Patriotic Front step up the war."
SITHOLE: "No, the war can never be stepped up, because even the guerrillas themselves have stated it quite clearly, that they are quite prepared to lay down their arms as soon as an interim government has been formed. So the guerrillas are not fighting for the Front-line states, they have been fighting for the independence of this country, and once independence comes, once a promise of independence is assured, then there is no reason for them to go on, and they have said so."
On Wednesday (29 March) reports of a new large-scale incursion by Mozambique-based guerrillas overshadowed the latest political settlement moves. Early reports said Rhodesian combined forces had stopped the initial advance which had pushed about forty miles (64 kilometres) into eastern Rhodesia from across the Mozambique border.
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Background: In Rhodesia, the three Nationalist leaders who have joined with Ian Smith to work out a new interim government are adamant that the internal settlement can and will succeed. They have rejected claims by Patriotic Front leaders Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe that they still control vast numbers of guerrillas which they will use to crush the new administration in Rhodesia. One of the nationalist leaders, the Reverend Ndabaningi sithole, has dismissed statements by leaders of the Front-line states that the bush war will be intensified. In an interview in Salisbury, Mr. Sithole also dismissed the view of Unit States Ambassador Andrew Young that the internal settlement is invalid.