Britain's Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, paid tribute on Saturday (6 October) to what he called the determination of Bishop Abel Muzorewa to bring about a successful outcome to the talks being held in London on a constitution for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.
SV ZOOM INTO CU Lord Carrington replies to question
REPORTER: "Lord Carrington, can you comment on Bishop Muzorewa's acceptance of your proposals?"
LORD CARRINGTON: "Yes, I have, and I'd like to make this comment. Bishop Muzorewa announced yesterday that his delegation accepted the independence constitution which the British Government intend to commend to the British Parliament as the basis for legal independence to your country; and I would like, if I may, to pay tribute to the determination shown by Bishop Muzorewa and his delegation to bring about a successful outcome of this constitutional conference; and I assure you that that determination is shared by the British Government. I've not yet had a reply from the Patriotic Front and I expect to do so when the conference reconvenes on Monday. At this moment, I would like to say something to all Rhodesians, both at home and abroad, and to all the people in the neighbouring countries who are awaiting the outcome of this conference. This conference......has now been in session for four weeks. Many of you may have been frustrated at the rate of progress. I must tell you that at times I have shared your frustration. But as the conference proceeds, I'm always conscious that it is important, most of all to you, to all Rhodesians who have suffered so much over the past years from war and from the uncertainty. I understand that I share your concerns and anxieties. It's you future that is being discussed here. I must emphasize that the British Government's objective at this conference is to achieve a better, more secure future for all of you. We're looking for a future that will enable the farmers to go ahead and plant their crops, which will enable business once again ti prosper, which will create employment, which will enable you to press ahead with schemes to raise the living standards of all the people of Rhodesia. We want the people of Rhodesia to be confident that they can lay down their arms; that they can return to their homes and that they can once more enjoy normal life. That's what we're negotiating for."
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Background: Britain's Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, paid tribute on Saturday (6 October) to what he called the determination of Bishop Abel Muzorewa to bring about a successful outcome to the talks being held in London on a constitution for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia. Bishop Muzorewa, Zimbabwe-Rhodesia's Prime Minister had earlier agreed to proposals put forward by Britain which would strip the country's 230,000 white minority of their veto powers in Parliament. An hour after the statement was issued, the country's former Prime Minister, Ian Smith, returned to Salisbury amid speculation that he might try to block the move to accept the plan. Lord Carrington, who has been chairing the conference, which has so far lasted a month, spoke to a reporter from Zimbabwe-Rhodesian Television.