The three month old Zimbabwe-Rhodesian peace talks being conducted in London have reached agreement with only a few ceasefire details left to be ironed out.
CU: Patriotic Front spokesman Mr Eddison Zvogbo speaking
SV AND CU: Reporters (2 shots)
CU: Salisbury delegation spokesman David Zamuchiga speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: ZVOBGO: "When the government start throwing about or bending about time tables and deadlines, we have all been the title of a implementation of the ceasefire will have to be discussed and discussed thorough because if we have there what is called a ceasefire agreement it remains a dead letter, unimplementable, and no one wants that this document should simply remain for historians to describe as the great hope that never really was. We want all the arrangements to be thoroughly done and completely implemented whether that takes three hours, three weeks, one week, one and a half weeks to do. We all will have to do it."
SEQ. 3: ZAMUCHIGA: "Basically to register our pleasure at the fact that our brothers in the Patriotic Front have accepted the final stages of this conference. We have always had the gut feeling they would do so, we have expressed our displeasure at the delay but we are glad that they have joined us in accepting the proposals for a ceasefire."
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Background: The three month old Zimbabwe-Rhodesian peace talks being conducted in London have reached agreement with only a few ceasefire details left to be ironed out. The talks had been in a state of dangerous deadlock for nearly a week with Patriotic Front guerrilla leaders Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe demanding significant changes in Britain's ceasefire plan. The hurdle was cleared at further talks with Lord Carrington, the British Foreign Secretary. After the agreement Patriotic Front spokesman Mr Eddison Zvobgo spoke to the press.
SYNOPSIS: The Salisbury delegation representing the government of Bishop Abel Muzorewa welcomed the agreement. Their spokesman, Mr David Zamuchiga, said he had always hoped agreement would be possible.