Sough African foreign minister Pik Botha and black nationalist leader Abel Muzorewa arrived in London on Thursday (11 August) for unprecedented three-power talks on the future of Rhodesia.
CU: Muzorewa speaking. (4 shots)
GV: London airport terminal three.
CU: policeman at airport (2 shots)
CU: Botha being interviewed (2 shots)
MUZOREWA: "First of all, it's time we weren't just talking about talks, but go right now to a committee to draft a constitution chaired by a British lawyer, Mr Smith, my party and others who are interested in seeing Zimbabwe becoming independent."
REPORTER: "Would you get the assistance of Mr Smith?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, I can only say he is part of the committee involved in the drafting of the constitution...."
REPORTER: "Do you trust him?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, we don't trust him, but what can he do if he is one out of three or four? We will be watching him and keeping our eyes on him."
REPORTER: "How much bloodshed do you think is going to be spilt in the coming month, in the coming years, over Zimbabwe?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, I don't want to predict more bloodshed. I would hope the plan we have presented is the best bet to avoid possible bloodshed that comes about."
REPORTER: "Where are the guerrillas getting their arms from?"
MUZOREWA: "Oh, I think it is general knowledge now that they are getting them from the socialist countries."
REPORTER: "Can you bring any fresh hope on the Rhodesia situation to Mr Vance and Mr Callaghan and to the British Government?"
BOTHA: "Fresh hope....that's not for me to bring...fresh hope. That depends entirely on...I think, the British government, and the support the Americans will give to the firm action that is required above everything else."
REPORTER: "What kind of firm action do you see the British and American governments being able to give their support to?"
BOTHA: "I think that's the kind of subject we're going to discuss."
REPORTER: "You've actually been tipped yourself as a possible future Prime Minister of South Africa...do you think this is a fair observation?"
BOTHA: "Well, now that I've seen a little bit of politics from the inside of government I can only say that it is not the kind of job that appeals to me at all."
REPORTER: "Can you tell me why?"
BOTHA : "Being the South African Prime Minister, I would imagine, is just about the toughest thing in the world."
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Background: Sough African foreign minister Pik Botha and black nationalist leader Abel Muzorewa arrived in London on Thursday (11 August) for unprecedented three-power talks on the future of Rhodesia. Mr. Botha was to meet British foreign Secretary David Owen and U.S. Secretary of state Cyrus Vance to hear their proposals for black majority by the end of next year. But Bishop Muzorewa said he was sure the Anglo-American attempts would fail. On his arrival at Heathrow Airport in London, Bishop Muzorewa was asked what he thought of the talks:
SYNOPSIS: The South African foreign Minister, Mr Botha, was non-committal about the talks. But he said this opportunity for settlement might be the last.