Mr Joshua Nkomo, co-leader of the Patriotic Front warned on Tuesday (September 5) that the six-year-old Rhodesian bush war will intensify unless Prime Minister Ian Smith hands over power to the guerilla alliance.
CU President Nyerere speaking from his presidential residence while newsmen take notes. (3 shots)
NYERERE: The Zambian President Kaunda, agreed to this meeting because he believed sincerely that if it is possible to reach an agreement, achieve the objective of what this war is all about, and end that war, it would be a good thing to try, and stop, even if he had to talk to the devil. And the Nigerian Government was specifically asked to be present, specifically asked by Mr Nkomo, to be present. And again also they went in, it is very clear they went in because they had been asked. But they did earn, gave a very clear warning that this Smith is a very slippery character, and he may be feeling now the pressures of the armed struggle. And is trying to reduce the pressures by trying to divide the Patriotic Front. And the (indistinct) the Nigerians made this very clear to Mr Nkomo, while accepting the invitation to be present.
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Background: Mr Joshua Nkomo, co-leader of the Patriotic Front warned on Tuesday (September 5) that the six-year-old Rhodesian bush war will intensify unless Prime Minister Ian Smith hands over power to the guerilla alliance. This follows his claim last week that he had ben offered a transfer of power by Mr Smith during secret talks in Zambia. Reuters says some African states have expressed concern that Mr Smith arranged the talks to bring about a rift between Mr Nkomo and Patriotic Front co-leader Mr Robert Mugabe. But Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere told newsmen this week that Mr. Nkomo was warned of Mr Smith's possible motives before the talks were held.