The Tanzanian Ambassador to the United Nations and the Chairman of the U. N. Decolonisation?
GV EXT United Nations building
SV Newsmen seated inside
CU Tanzanian Ambassador Salim speaking
This film includes Mr. Salim's statement. A transcript follows:
MR. SALIM: "It is no doubt that the avenues for peaceful negotiations have been completely blocked with respect to Zimbabwe. The leaders of the four countries we have met, who are very painstaking and very persistent in their efforts in attempting a negotiated settlement have now come to the solid, unanimous conclusion that there is no basis for negotiations with the Smith regime because that regime has demonstrated beyond a shadow of doubt that it is not serious in finding a negotiated settlement. We found that despite the sacrifices involved in the problems they are likely to encounter....not only the liberation movements but also the countries of the area....there is a strong and unequivocal commitment and determination on the part of the front-line states to support the struggle for liberation with as much vigour and as much determination as they supported the peaceful approaches towards a negotiated settlement. We also found, that whereas there may be some differences of views and there are differences of views within the political leadership of the ANC, there is one thing on which none of them are in disagreement--and that is both sections of ANC--are entirely in agreement that the peaceful path having been blocked by Smith the only alternative left is the intensification of the armed struggle."
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Background: The Tanzanian Ambassador to the United Nations and the Chairman of the U. N. Decolonisation Committee, Mr. Salim, said on Friday (14 May) that intensification of the armed struggle in Rhodesia was the only solution to the problem. In a statement at a news conference Mr. Salim, who recently headed a fact-finding mission to a number of African countries, said the avenues for peaceful negotiations in the Rhodesian issue had been completely blocked by the Smith regime there. This was despite the efforts of the liberation movements and leaders of countries surrounding Rhodesia, he said.
Although there was evidence of a split in the leadership of the liberation movement the African National Council, he said, there was no split on one basic issue -- that the time for talk was at an end, and that force was the only way to solve the issue.