Rhodesian Africa Nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa told the United Nations Security Council in New York Wednesday (16 February) that 99 per cent of Rhodesian Africans were opposed to the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals.
GTV Security Council seated & SV ditto (2 shots)
SCU Bishop Muzorewa speaking
IN: "The new Smith...."
OUT: "..police estate".
SV Delegates & typists seated (2 shots)
SV & UK delegate Sir Colin Crowe speaking.
IN: "I think......"
OUT: " the proposals".
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MUZOREWA: "The new Smith deal which we have been presented with is both racist in its substance and in its consequences. It is based on the illegal and racist 1969 Rhodesian Front constitution and its claim to provide majority rule is ridiculed by the constitutional aspects. It is also a deliberate attempt to deceive millions of people into thinking that they might have freedom in a police estate."
SEQ. 4: CROWE: "I thing many members of the council will know that he has on previous occasion said that it is important that the Pearce commission, before which he has played a leading part in the submission of views, should be allowed to complete its task. Now if I may say so, Bishop Muzorewa is chairman of and a very persuasive advocate of the African National Council which was founded as he has told us explicitly of opposing the proposals."
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Background: Rhodesian Africa Nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa told the United Nations Security Council in New York Wednesday (16 February) that 99 per cent of Rhodesian Africans were opposed to the Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals.
Bishop Muzorewa had arrived earlier in the day from London, where he had been attempting to rally opinion against the proposals for the settlement issue. He told the Security Council that the proposals were based on what he termed "the illegal and racist 1969 Rhodesian Front Constitution".
Britain's delegate to the Security Council, Sir Colin Crowe, defended the counting inquiry of the Pearce commission -- in Rhodesia to test reaction to the proposals -- and repeated his opinion that the commission should be allowed to finish its investigations. He also pointed out that Bishop Muzorewa was a member of the African Nationalist movement, founded expressly to oppose the settlement terms.