• Short Summary

    Rhodesian Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo said in London on Sunday (1 February) that there was no possibility of an "Angolan crisis" erupting in his country if black majority rule is granted.

  • Description

    Rhodesian Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo said in London on Sunday (1 February) that there was no possibility of an "Angolan crisis" erupting in his country if black majority rule is granted.

    Mr. Nkomo arrived in Britain, unexpectedly, for talks with Foreign secretary James Callaghan on the progress of the African National Council's (ANC) constitutional negotiations with the Rhodesian government.

    Mr. Nkomo made the London visit on his own initiative.

    His visit has sparked speculation that the talks, between the Nationalists and the white minority government of Mr. Lan Smith, have reached a crucial stage.

    "We need a settlement that gives the people the right to choose their own government and we need it now," he told reporters at a news conference at the Savoy hotel.

    Mr. Nkomo last week requested the release from house arrest of former Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Garfield Todd to join the ANC negotiating team.

    Mr. Todd has since been released so he can visit his daughter in Britain. He was allowed to go "purely on humanitarian grounds", a Rhodesian government spokesman said.

    Mr. Nkomo said Mr. Todd's knowledge of both black and white communities in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) would be useful in the talks.

    He also said he wanted Britain to formally grant Rhodesia independence.

    "Britain needs reminding from time to time that she has a responsibility towards these people. No matter what name the country is called it is still a colony of Britain," he said.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABZXTLF245B7CCLH281NNGE6FC
    Media URN:
    VLVABZXTLF245B7CCLH281NNGE6FC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:54:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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