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