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    Joint Patriotic Front leader, Joshua Nkomo, has described the constitutional settlement in Rhodesia as "a sellout of the highest order in Africa".

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    CU: Reverend Sithole speaking.

    SV: Mr Joshua Nkomo seated with reporter. (MUTE)

    SV: Mr Nkomo speaking CUTAWAY TO reporter Alan Cowell of Reuters.

    SITHOLE: "I have no doubts in my mind that blacks and whites and even the guerrillas themselves want that agreement. They accept that agreement, and I am sure that in due course the Front-line states will recognise the reality. It is no good in behaving as if the people of Zimbabwe did not exist in their own right. What is most important so far as the present problem goes is that the people of Zimbabwe themselves agree to settle their own problem. Whatever the outside world may think, the fact remains that what makes things tick in Zimbabwe will be due to people of that country. Not what the neighbours think but what the people inside that country do and say.

    REPORTER: "And you think the majority of them will support....

    SITHOLE: Certainly, they have already supported the tentative agreement. When I was in Brussels I received phone calls telling me how excited the whole country is as a result of this tentative agreement which is the first in the history of our country,"

    NKOMO: "Let's make it perfectly clear that any person who believes that at some point that we shall join the circus in Salisbury must know that we have definitely no intention of doing so. We do not accept the manner in which the whole thing was done. We do not accept the contents of what has been done in Salisbury. T??? us it is a sellout of the highest order in Africa."

    COWELL: "What's your personal view of the Bishop (Abel Muzorewa) and Reverend Sithole now that they have arranged the internal agreement with Mr Smith?"

    COWELL: "Does that mean your guerrillas would regard them as military targets as well?"

    NKOMO: "They are part and parcel of Smith. It's a fact."

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    Background: Joint Patriotic Front leader, Joshua Nkomo, has described the constitutional settlement in Rhodesia as "a sellout of the highest order in Africa". Mr Nkomo was speaking to newsmen in the frontline state of Zambia after Rhodesian Premier Ian Smith had announced that he had reached agreement with moderate black nationalist leaders. The settlement allows a gradual transfer of power to black politicians by universal suffrage but under its terms retains the power of veto for white minority representation in the Parliament. One of the two moderate black leaders in Rhodesia, Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, supported the settlement to newsmen in London:
    SYNOPSIS: But in Lusaka, Joshua Nkomo was of an extremely different view when he spoke to Reuters correspondent Al??? Cowell:

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