Bishop Abel Muzorewa, a member of Rhodesia's ruling executive council, and President of the United African National Council, has called upon the United States to lift economic sanctions against the former British colony.
GV INT Assembled meeting in progress.
CU Bishop Abel Muzorewa listening.
SV Muzorewa and others seated at table facing audience.
SV Audience. (2 SHOTS)
CU Bishop Muzorewa speaking.
SV Newsman asking question PAN & ZOOM INTO CU Bishop Abel Muzorewa answering.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: MUZOREWA: "Mr. Smith entered into talks not because we had shifted our demand but because he had changed towards inevitability. I accepted his position as sincere. I am often asked how can I, or how can we be certain of Mr. Smith's sincerity., How can we be assured that he has changed from the evasiveness which had been identified with his politics I believe that people do change."
REPORTER:"Muzorewa, the Washington Post this morning carries a story from Salisbury about a press conference Prime Minister Smith had, in which he said that the Rhodesian constitutional agreement promising black majority rule by the end of the year will not be carried out unless there is a ceasefire in the six-year-old guerrilla war.
And he did not rule out the possibility of the Transitional Government joining the so-called All Parties Conference with the two guerrilla leaders as proposed by the United States and Britain. Since Mr. Smith chided his black partners on the four month transition government for what he called quote, the lack of progress towards ending the fighting. He insisted that the entire constitutional accord guaranteeing majority rule hinges on a ceasefire., I wonder if we can have your comments on that?"
MUZOREWA:"We are just faced with one of those dramatic examples of how you good people, you know you are all children of god, but sometime show you report is terrible. I was terribly, in fact shockingly surprised that Mr. Smith would have said this. The point that I picked up a telephone call this morning, and asked him what is this nonsense that we hear over here. And he was just as shocked as I was that he had said what you have read about in the newspaper."
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Background: Bishop Abel Muzorewa, a member of Rhodesia's ruling executive council, and President of the United African National Council, has called upon the United States to lift economic sanctions against the former British colony. the Bishop is in the United States seeking support for a Senate proposal by North Carolina Republican, Jesse Helms, that sanctions against Rhodesia be lifted for six months to give the internal settlement time to work. On Wednesday (19 July) he gave a talk at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and later answered questions from the floor.
SYNOPSIS: At this public appearance, the Bishop expressed faith in Ian Smith's desire for a solution to the country's internal problems. He also scoffed at published reports quoting Mr. Smith as saying there would be no December election unless there was a ceasefire in the guerrilla war.