The Zimbabwe Rhodesian peace talks appear to be on the verge of settling the 14-year independence dispute in the breakaway British colony.
The Zimbabwe Rhodesian peace talks appear to be on the verge of settling the 14-year independence dispute in the breakaway British colony. Bishop Abel Muzorewa's government has already accepted British proposals for fresh elections leading to legal independence of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. After Wednesday's (14 November) full session at Lancaster House in London, it appeared that the Patriotic Front -- who had strongly attacked the proposals -- were on the brink of finally agreeing to them. Another session was called for on Thursday (15 November) and British Sources said there was a good chance that the 10-week-old conference would achieve a major breakthrough on the British plan and move onto the stage of negotiating a ceasefire.
SYNOPSIS: Wednesday's sudden progress in the negotiations came after the intervention of Zambian President, kenneth Kaunda, who visited London to act as conciliator. He put forward proposals aimed at settling guerrilla objections about pre-independence elections in Zimbabwe Rhodesia. Patriotic Front spokesman, Edison Zvobgo, told a news conference the Kaunda proposals met some of his party's major concerns. But it was British spokesman Nicholas Finn's turn to speak first.