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    Rhodesian African Nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo, began a tour of African and European capitals on Monday (10 May) when he visited Nairobi in Kenya.

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    SV Nkomo seated at head of table surrounded by newsmen

    CU Nkomo speaking

    SV Nkomo and newsmen at table

    NKOMO: "We will not talk of compromise, we cannot compromise with people's rights. It's not a question of a compromise. What we want is an answer to the problem--that's majority rule and self-determination for the people of Zimbabwe. No compromise on that. So it is a clear straightforward affair -- it is this or nothing. This is the position. Now as to whether Britain can help. No, I won't talk about Britain helping. Britain couldn't help anybody. Britain has a duty, they had a duty and they still have it. They colonised that country and if it was not for the kith and kin type of attitude and policy, they would have done what they did to the other colonies. But because they gave some undertaking that country was white country, whatever they meant by that, right in the centre of Africa, you get people saying this is a country for white people. Now, how....this racism, white people, white people, white people. We don't talk about white people or black people, we talk about people. So Britain is responsible for this and if no one wants Britain to help, Britain must do her job. If she doesn't do her job, the people or Zimbabwe are doing their job and have been doing their job as they have been for the last 25 years."

    REPORTER: "You are now preparing for a very big war (indistinct)......."

    NKOMO: "There is no campaign, there is no campaign my dear, there is no question of momentum or no momentum, thee's no question of that. The point is thee is a war now, one thing is that the war is there. When I talked to Mr. Smith it was there, the thing was to try and end and remove the causes of that war. We failed to do so, so the war is there. Now the position is that we have got to tell the world how we failed to get the racists to accept the true situation of the country in which they are. that is that country which is not an island somewhere there, it is an African country."


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    Background: Rhodesian African Nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo, began a tour of African and European capitals on Monday (10 May) when he visited Nairobi in Kenya.

    He told a news conference that there must be no compromise when it came to the majority rue of Zimbabwe (the nationalists' name for Rhodesia).

    He said it was a clear, straightforward decision -- majority rule or nothing. Mr. Nkomo said a war was underway and that when he held discussions with the Rhodesian premier, Ian Smith. it was to try and end the war and remove its causes.

    Mr. Nkomo's tour follows the breakdown in March of talks with Mr. smith and he told the newsmen it was difficult to talk "to a racialist like Mr. Smith. Possibly after some time when sense was brought back to him, there might be talk. After all, all wars end up on the conference table."
    Mr. Nkomo's three-week tour will take him to Uganda, West Africa and European capitals, including London.

    (This film is serviced with English speech by Mr. Nkomo. A transcript appears below.)

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