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    One of the leaders of the Patriotic Front Joshua Nkomo on Friday (30 November) predicted there would be overall agreement at the Zimbabwe Rhodesia peace talks within a week.

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    SV People arriving at Zimbabwe African People's Union News Conference in Salisbury (2 shots)

    GV/PAN OVER Crowd singing and dancing

    CU ZAPU Organiser cheering dancer on (2 shots)

    GV ZAPU Representative speaking to crowd

    CU ZAPU Spokesman speaking to reporter

    SV Crowd cheering

    CU ZAPU Secretary of Education Mr Cephas Msipa speaking in English to BBC Reporter John Humphrys

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: ZAPU SPOKESMAN: "Again I would like to say this is not a rally but a press conference, but the difference between a rally and a press conference is very subtle. I hope you will understand that and bear with me."

    SEQ. 7: MSIPA: "They heard that we were going to have a press conference so they decided to come and hear for themselves what we are telling the world."

    HUMPHRYS: "But it looked rather like a rally didn't it?"

    MSIPA: "Well it might have looked like rally but we wouldn't consider that. Maybe it's a mini rally, but really it was a press conference."

    HUMPHRYS: "Were you warned off by the police this time?"

    MSIPA: "Yes they warned me yesterday. They warned me twice morning and I assured them that this was a press conference, not a rally."

    The Salisbury government said the patriotic Front remain an illegal organisation until the guerrillas stop fighting.

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    Background: One of the leaders of the Patriotic Front Joshua Nkomo on Friday (30 November) predicted there would be overall agreement at the Zimbabwe Rhodesia peace talks within a week. But he said there were still two outstanding issues to be hammered out -- the make-up of a Commonwealth peace keep in force and position of the opposing armies during a ceasefire. Meanwhile Mr Nkomo's political group the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) held what they called a new conference in Salisbury, which attracted hundreds of supporters.

    SYNOPSIS: The event looked far different than a typically somber and colourless news conference. In fact it looked very much like a rally. But its organisers insisted it was not.

    It was organised by Joshua Nkomo's wing of the Patriotic Front, still an illegal organisation in Zimbabwe Rhodesia. It's leaders theoretically cannot be named, or quoted. And they can't participate in any political activity. And though the organisers called the event a news conference the object seemed to be to deliver the Patriotic Front's message to its supporters.

    The message was that if the Patriotic Front wins the coming election it will mean a better deal for blacks. I particular a bigger share in the land, than if Bishop Abel Muzorewa is returned to power. The Organisers said it is difficult to try to prepare for elections without flouting the law.

    ZAPU's Secretary of Education Cephas Msipa explained why so many people turned out.

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