Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa of Zimbabwe Rhodesia was on his way to the United States on Monday (9 July) to seek international recognition for his government.
GV: crowd at Salisbury airport
CU: crowd carrying banners. (3 shots)
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MV INTERIOR: Muzorewa seated speaking. (4 shots)
MUZOREWA:"My sole objective is to make positive progress towards international recognition of our popularly and democratically elected government of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, and the removal of sanctions against this country. I am looking forward to holding full, fair and frank discussions with Mr Cyrus Vance and Mrs Margaret Thatcher and I want to assure our people that I shall leave no stone unturned in my efforts to gain for this country and our people acceptance by the rest of the free world which I believe we are fully entitled to. Now is the time to correct the situation. Now is the time to relieve these burdens from the free and innocent people of Zimbabwe Rhodesia to progress to peace, stability, prosperity and in harmony. I ask them to realise that I and my government have only been in government for five weeks, five weeks, ladies and gentlemen, miracles do not happen overnight. I ask them to appreciate that we are doing everything possible to ensure that sanctions are lifted and that Zimbabwe Rhodesia is internationally recognised.
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Background: Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa of Zimbabwe Rhodesia was on his way to the United States on Monday (9 July) to seek international recognition for his government. He was also hoping to persuade the Americans and the British to lift economic sanctions. After talks with U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Premier Muzorewa was due to meet British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London on Thursday (12 July).
SYNOPSIS: A crowd of four thousand turned out at Salisbury airport to give Bishop Muzorewa an enthusiastic send-off. They expressed their support with posters, and were rewarded with a speech during which the Prime Minister remarked that people who still maintained sanctions were 'sick in the head'. Later he said that he was not referring specifically to President Carter but anyone who didn't want to lift sanctions.
Mrs Thatcher has predicted that the British Parliament will remove its sanctions in November. But Bishop Muzorewa's government is still unrecognised by the rest of the world. At a news conference before leaving, the Prime Minister explained what he hoped to achieve in the United States and Britain.