On the eve of the tripartite talks in London between the foreign ministers of South Africa, Britain, and the United States, spokesmen from three black nationalist groups have been spelling out their attitudes to the talks.
SV Mr Arthur Chadzimgwa speaking.
CHADZIMGWA: "This is a joint statement by the Patriotic Front of Zimbabwe, The African National Congress of South Africa, and the South West People's Organisation of Namibia. The meeting between Dr Owen, Mr Vance, and Mr Botha; representing Britain, the United States, and fascist South Africa, takes place when the Patriotic Front Liberation forces are inflicting telling blows against the Smith regime and the enemy has resorted to genocide and committing untold atrocities against the people. The involvement of the United States in this plan about the destiny of the people of Zimbabwe is unwarranted. And (indistinct) confirms that the whole scheme is an imperialist plot. Southern Rhodesia is a colony of Britain and the United States should not be involved outside the context of the United Unions. Otherwise it is not possible to stop other countries from becoming involved. With certain events the conflict will become in internationalised. We condemn outright the involvement of South Africa in these talks. Under no circumstances can the fascist butchers of South Africa become agents of change (indistinct). By involving Botha at this high diplomatic level Britain and the United States are making the illegitimate regime of South Africa respectable. We do not recognise the right of Botha to represent the people of South Africa and he cannot be part of an arrangement affecting the people of Zimbabwe. It is now clear to the whole world that there is (indistinct) plot in which the cooperation of South Africa in the Anglo-American designs in Zimbabwe and Namibia is bought by the guarantee for the continued existence of the apartheid regimes in South Africa."
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Background: On the eve of the tripartite talks in London between the foreign ministers of South Africa, Britain, and the United States, spokesmen from three black nationalist groups have been spelling out their attitudes to the talks. In a news conference at the Royal Commonwealth Society, on Thursday (11 August) a joint statement condemning the Anglo-American peace plan for Rhodesia, was made by the British representatives of the African National Congress of South Africa; the South West People's Organisation of Namibia, and the Patriotic Front of Zimbabwe. Mr Arthur Chadzimgwa of the Patriotic Front of Zimbabwe explained their opposition to reporters.
Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of the United African National Council is also in Britain for talks with British and American officials. At a meeting with Dr Owen, on Thursday (11 August) Bishop Muzorewa submitted his own four point peace plan for Rhodesia. He told reporters before coming to Britain that if the Anglo-American peace plan failed, than Britain would be to blame.