During the second day (29 October) of the Geneva peace talks on Rhodesia there were gruesome charges of torture by white-led security forces against African civilians in Rhodesia.
SV Bishop Abel Muzorewa out of talks and speaking
SV Bishop Muzorewa speaks
SV Pieter Van der Byl speaking
CU Van der Byl speaking
Bishop MUZOREWA: "Tremendously, non capis. It had to be. It is not very good. And now I read you part of it. One section of Zimbabwe's unity and diversity...we came to this conference fully aware of our strength. The emphasis is not here in the spirit of give and take. To take our country. And this resolve, we the people of Zimbabwe are united. We stand together, shoulder to shoulder, regardless of the labels pasted to our names. There is unity and diversity among Zimbabweans here and at home. We stand solidly united in our demand for majority rule here and now"
VAN DER BYL: "Now I absolutely and categorically refute these allegations that actual brutality and atrocities were perpetrated by our soldiers and airmen on the African civilian population. Under normal circumstances we would not have bothered to say anything about this because the record of our security police and the correctness of their conduct is very well known all over the world. However as he has seen fit to make a large number of totally unsubstantiated allegations it leaves me no option but to reply or to go unchallenged".
After the second day evidence presented by both sides showed up the stark differences between black and white bargaining postures in the negotiations to end white minority rule in the breakaway British colony. Bishop Muzorewa backed up his brutality charges with a lengthy and horrific catalogue of alleged torture techniques. Prime Minister Ian Smith lashed out at Bishop Mozorewa, accusing him of telling "a pack of lies" on the issue.
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Background: During the second day (29 October) of the Geneva peace talks on Rhodesia there were gruesome charges of torture by white-led security forces against African civilians in Rhodesia. The charges were made by Rhodesian black nationalist leader, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and strongly denied by Rhodesian Foreign Minister Pieter Van der Byl.
SYNOPSIS: Bishop Muzorewa was in a genial mood as he talked about Zimbabwe unity to newsmen after one round of discussion.
Later Mr. Van der Byl was adamant in his denial of charges against Rhodesian troops.