At a news conference in London, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole has again reinforced hi belief in the Anglo/American proposals for peace in Rhodesia.
SV Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole and aides seated round table with Ian McMinn
CU Sithole speaking
SITHOLE: "Yes, in the light of won't work and, in the light of our own attitudes, it won't work. We feel very strongly that the present proposals give us a framework within which to work and so this naturally makes the 'internal settlement' -- any idea of an internal settlement -- irrelevant."
MCMINN: "Next week, when you meet Lord Carver and General Chand, what will you be speaking about?"
SITHOLE: "I don't know, I suppose what would be very useful here would be to give Lord Carver our own thinking. We fully realise the British government has been making decisions and basing them on false assumptions. We feel when Lord Carver comes, we will be able to put those false assumptions right."
MCMINN: "What are those false assumptions?"
SITHOLE: "For instance, the reality of the Patriotic Front. The British government has been listening too closely to everything that the Patriotic Front has said, and we realise only too well that the Patriotic Front, as such, has no military existence, has no political existence, inside the country. It is merely an international political gimmick designed to impose certain leader on the people of Zimbabwe, who have massively rejected such leaders."
MCMINN: "Mr. Sithole, given as you say, that you could become leader of Zimbabwe, what would be your relationship with South Africa, particularly in light of the recent developments in the United States ... in the banning of arms sales?"
SITHOLE: "At present your relationship is a negative one, we are ideologically sat war. One wouldn't like to say much a this stage. We are more interested in having independence for Zimbabwe."
MCMINN: "Would you be fearful that South Africa could landlock Zimbabwe?"
SITHOLE:" Yes we certainly would be fearful. There can be no doubt about it. We are a landlocked country and naturally we depend on the outlets which countries like Mozambique and South Africa can provide, but, as to what the relation is to be, that remains to be seen. We can't decide that now until we get there first."
Heading the Patriotic Front are Mr. Joshua Nkomo and Mr. Robert Mugabe. They operate mostly out of Tanzania and Mozambique. In the news conference, Reverend Sithole claimed he had the majority of guerrillas behind him.
REPORTER: IAN McMINN
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Background: At a news conference in London, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole has again reinforced hi belief in the Anglo/American proposals for peace in Rhodesia. Reverend Sithole said that an 'internal settlement', suggested by Prime Minister Ian Smith, has no chance of bringing stability. His comments came only days before British envoy, Lord Carver, and the United Nations representative, General Prem Chand, were due for talks in Rhodesia. The Reverend Sithole, who is leader of the African National Council, also spoke of future relations with South Africa and expressed fear that this country could be landlocked by the South African government.
SYNOPSIS: Reverend Sithole told the news events had taken place in the last four months. Visnews' Ian McMinn asked him if he though the idea of an internal settlement would work: