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    The United States, United Kingdom and South African Foreign Minister held an unprecedented joint meeting in London on Friday (12 August) to discuss revised Anglo-American proposals for giving Rhodesia black majority rule and legal independence by the end of next year.

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    The United States, United Kingdom and South African Foreign Minister held an unprecedented joint meeting in London on Friday (12 August) to discuss revised Anglo-American proposals for giving Rhodesia black majority rule and legal independence by the end of next year.

    It's understood that Britain and the United States would like the South African foreign Minister Mr Pik Botha to try and get South Africa to use its vast influence with the Rhodesian leader Mr Ian Smith to get negotiations re-started on the revised Anglo-American proposals on Rhodesia. Mr Smith strongly criticised the earlier proposals and has begun contacts with some black Rhodesian nationalist leaders to get an internal settlement. Mr Smith wants to exclude the Rhodesian leader of the so-called Patriotic front - Mr Joshua Nkomo and Mr Robert Mugabe Muzorewa and the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole who have renounced the use of force to achieve a settlement. Bishop Muzorewa is not against the participation of Mr Nkomo and Mr Mugabe in multi-lateral negotiations but has made it clear he does not recognise the Patriotic Front which they jointly head.

    SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held at the official London residence of the British Foreign Secretary, Dr David Owen. Dr Owen had first held talks with US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance before being joined by South African Foreign Minister, Mr Pik Botha. Mr Vance had flown to London at the end of a 10 day tour of the Middle East seeking agreement to peace proposals for the area. Before the London talks, Mr Botha had said there was still a chance for settlement on the various issue in Southern Africa in a way that would bring a lasting peace and prosperity. While Friday's meeting was going on, protestors against white minority government in Southern Africa demonstrated outside.

    African National Council Leader Bishop Abel Murorewa arrived in London on Thursday (11 August). He spoke of the Anglo-American plans.

    After the joint meeting of Foreign Minister, the American Secretary of State Mr Cyrus Vance spoke to newsmen at a news conference.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAUU9HLCE6AJDT9PUP813SW0X1
    Media URN:
    VLVAAUU9HLCE6AJDT9PUP813SW0X1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:58:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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