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    As constitutional talks between Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith's minority unite government and Mr. Joshua?

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    As constitutional talks between Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith's minority unite government and Mr. Joshua Nkomo's internal wing of the African National Council (ANC) continue, Mr. Nkomo and his colleagues met in Salisbury on Thursday (11 March) to review the situation.

    The meeting took place at the home of black Rhodesian MP Mr. Josiah Chinamano. After his meeting with Mr. Smith on the same day Mr. Nkomo told newsmen "we are dealing with a very complex problem and we are going right into it. That in itself is important".

    The importance of the talks as a means of avoiding a bloodbath in Rhodesia cannot be underestimated, but there are conflicting reports as to the progress being made.

    ANC sources said the government had produced new and interesting proposals, but Mr. Smith has since denied any breakthrough, saying the government had not submitted any basic new suggestions.

    Mr. Smith has repeatedly said that he is not prepared to accept the nationalists' demand for a swift transition to black majority rule in the breakaway British colony.

    In fact, since neighbouring Mozambique closed her borders with Rhodesia two weeks ago security precautions in rural areas of Rhodesia bordering on Mozambique have been intensified.

    Answering questions from newsmen Mr. Ted Sutton-Pryce, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's department, said that between 175,000 and 200,000 tribespeople had been moved into protected and consolidated villages in the troubled border area.

    He said that the moves had been voluntary and officially the black tribespeople are living under these conditions to protect them from guerrilla activity.

    The protected villages are surrounded by barbed wire fencing and are constantly patrolled by both black and white soldiers. As the tribes-people move in and out of the villages their papers are checked and they are searched.

    Military operations along Rhodesia border with Mozambique were stepped up recently and casualty lists released on Saturday (13 March) revealed that seven people were reported dead - including two Africans who were shot by security forces while breaking a dusk to dawn curfew.

    SYNOPSIS: In Rhodesia constitutional talks are in Progress between Prime Minister Ian Smith's white minority government and Mr. Joshua Nkomo's internal wing of the African National Council. Last Thursday Mr. Nkomo and his colleagues met to review the situation and prepare for the next round of talks.

    The meeting took place at the home of black Rhodesian MP, Mr. Josiah Chinamano.

    ANC sources have said that the government has produced new and interesting proposals, but Mr. Smith has since denied by breakthrough.

    The importance of the talks as a means of avoiding a bloodbath in Rhodesia cannot be underestimated, but since neighbouring Mozambique closed her borders with Rhodesian two weeks ago, security precautions in rural areas of Rhodesia bordering on Mozambique have been intensified. About two hundred thousand tribespeople have been moved into protected and consolidated villages which are heavily patrolled and guarded by Rhodesian troops.

    A government spokesman sawed that Man people moved voluntarily and officially they are living under these conditions in order to protest them from guerrilla activity. But it is a high price to pay for an undisturbed night's sleep. Apart from the constant military presence, as the tribespeople move in and out of the village compounds their papers are checked and their bag??? searched.

    There are also curfew regulation and it was reported on Saturday that two Africans had been shot by security forces while breaking the dusk to dawn curfew.

    Military operations along Rhodesia's border with Mozambique have been stepped up recently. In the past few weeks it has been reported that the number of guerrillas operation within Rhodesia has increased from eighty to one thousand - with thousands more waiting in camps in Mozambique and Tanzania.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9NNB23XFV2FF1G7Y7YRG3FTHN
    Media URN:
    VLVA9NNB23XFV2FF1G7Y7YRG3FTHN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:17:00
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    N/A

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