The constitutional conference on Rhodesia opened in Geneva on Thursday nationalist delegation so that they could have a meeting with the conference's chairman, Mr.
The constitutional conference on Rhodesia opened in Geneva on Thursday nationalist delegation so that they could have a meeting with the conference's chairman, Mr. Ivor Richard.
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, hadn't been told about the delay. He arrived two hours early, but later returned and this time Ivor Richard was there to lead him to the conference table.
The conference took place in the United Nation's European headquarters, the Palais Des Nations.
Mr. Smith was later to describe the opening session as routine. "We just had an opening and the photographers took their pictures," he said. Mr. Smith also said he welcomed the news that the United States' top official for African affairs, William Schaufele would be flying to Geneva to join the conference. Mr. Schaufele is the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and he will act as the "point of contact" for Mr. Smith and the black Rhodesian leaders.
Bishop Abel Muzorewa headed one of the nationalist delegations. Bishop Muzorewa contested leadership of the African National Council (ANC) with Joshua Nkomo, who was also present, heading his delegation.
The Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole led his delegation of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), a group he disputes leadership of. The talks are aimed at finding a peaceful plan to guide the introduction of majority rule in Rhodesia. They will resume on Friday for another brief session, and break over the weekend.