The white minority Rhodesian Government and the Black Nationalists have, after months of wrangling, finally agreed to hold a constitutional conference on the country's future.
SV PAN INT. L-R Enos Nkala, Joshua Nkomo, Bishop Muzorewa, Dr. ??? Gabella,& Dr. Gordon Chaunn seated at press conference
SV Newsmen seated
CU Muzorewa speaks
MUZOREWA AND NATIONALIST DELEGATES AT PRESS CONFERENCE: NEWSMEN: MUZOREWA SPEAKING.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: MUZOREWA: "We agreed to hold a constitutional conference. Wee said that the conference could be held anytime ... we are ready for it today, tomorrow or any day. We proposed -- the ANC proposed -- that the venue of the conference should be anywhere in the world outside Rhodesia. We said -- for example -- that we could have it in South Africa or in Francistown, Botswana, (just to give you an example), or in the Caprivi strip if they wanted it."
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Background: The white minority Rhodesian Government and the Black Nationalists have, after months of wrangling, finally agreed to hold a constitutional conference on the country's future.
But at a press conference later, Bishop Muzorewa, President of the African National Council, said no agreement was reached on a venue.
The Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith insists the conference is held in Rhodesia. The nationalists say it should be held outside the country as they fear exiled nationalists face arrest if they return to Rhodesia.
Agreement to hold the talks was reached on Thursday (12 June) at a 90-minute meeting between Prime Minister Ian Smith and a delegation led by Bishop Muzorewa, whose council is the nationalist negotiating body seeking power for the African majority.
It was their fourth meeting this year to try and arrange a conference, after a British Commission led by Lord Pearce found in May, 1972, that proposals agreed by Britain and Rhodesia to resolve the deadlock were unacceptable to the African majority.
This film contains an extract from Bishop Muzorewa's speech at the press conference. A transcript follows: