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    Talks between the Rhodesian Government and the African National Council faction led by Mr. Joshua?

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    SV Nkomo seated being interviewed (SOUND)

    REPORTER: "Mr. Nkomo, how have the talks gone so far?"

    NIKOMO: "I think we can say they've gone as well as one would expect at this present time."

    REPORTER: "And I understand some constitutions are being examined. What sort of constitution is being examined most closely?"

    NKOMO: "Well, there's no one particular constitution really. We're looking at various constitutions, especially the Commonwealth type constitutions."

    REPORTER: "Not just those that have been in Rhodesia before, that have been examined in Rhodesia before.

    NKOMO: "Not necessarily (indistinct) quite a number of them. We've taken some Rhodesian constitutions."

    REPORTER: "Has any one been examined more closely than others, any one that has put up....?"

    NKOMO: "No. I wouldn't say that. We looked at various constitutions that you see whereby we can get something that would be really useful."

    REPORTER: "Have you come up with anything specific yet, or are you still examining....?"

    NKOMO: "We are still examining them and I'm afraid I can't say any more."

    REPORTER: "What role is Zambia playing in the proceedings so far?"

    NKOMO: "Zambia has provided us with secretaries and stenographers and (indistinct) is doing."

    REPORTER: "If you and Mr. Smith do reach an agreement you'd expect Britain for her part to join in the ratification procedure?"

    NKOMO: "Britain's joined, and Britain is going to come in and play some part. There are some parts which (indistinct) Great Britain. She's got to do that, to the satisfaction of us."

    REPORTER: "What is your reaction to criticism from the Muzorewa people?"

    NKOMO: "Well, the Muzorewa people are just like any other person who raises some criticism, and you expect that, from any group of people. It doesn't mean much as far as I'm concerned."

    REPORTER: "They have said that you don't have a majority backing in this country?"

    NKOMO: "That's nonsense of course, and they know it."

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    Background: Talks between the Rhodesian Government and the African National Council faction led by Mr. Joshua Nkomo are continuing, but there is still no official indication that any agreement is being reached.

    The talks resumed in Salisbury on Monday ( 19 January ) after a short break. No details have been released of the talks, which have lasted a total of seven hours in plenary session.

    Observers believe the ANC is negotiating for a common non-racial ???oters roll. The present Rhodesian constitution has separate racial voters' rolls; whites may vote for whites, and blacks for blacks. Black politicians hold 16 seats in the 66-seat Legislative Assembly.

    The country's six million blacks outnumber whites 20 to one.

    Both sides have pledged to keep secret the negotiations, seen by some observers as a last chance attempt at a negotiated settlement, with failure likely to spark a guerrilla war.

    It is not known whether the Government has accepted the principle of having a common voters' roll. The ruling Rhodesian Front party congress last September rejected the common roll as a solution to the constitutional problem.

    The talks are opposed by the externally based ANC faction, led by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, who wants immediate black rule.

    Mr. Nkomo told Visnews that the discussions had gone "as well as could be expected" so far.

    He said "Commonwealth type" constitutions were being studied.

    This film is serviced with part of an interview with Mr. Nkomo. A transcript follows:

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