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Rhodesia Maj. Rule Agreement #257134

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 03, 1978
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(Studio) Report on signing of major rule agreement in Rhodesia by white minority and black majorority representatives.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Salisbury, Rhodesia) Details of agreement and of signing ceremony involving Prime Min. Ian Smith, Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Chief Jeremiah Chirau noted. Cecil John Rhodes, for whom country was named, mentioned. [SITHOLE - says agreement is what they've been fighting for and feels guerrillas will stop fighting now.]
REPORTER: Robin Wright

(Studio) Provision for executive council to take over transitional government noted. (Interview of Smith by Walter Cronkite.) Film shown. [SMITH - thinks council can take over government within 2 weeks Says plan will go ahead with or without British and American approval. Describes past actions of British and Americans and difficulty in predicting their reactions to agreement.] Reporter asks if Smith makes any overtures to guerrilla leaders Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe. [SMITH - isn't making overtures to guerrillas, but is willing to welcome them if they want to return to work for constitutional, rather than violent, change. Predicts timing far elections and states belief re: most difficult problem for future.] Reporter asks how Smith will feel living in Rhodesia after it becomes Zimbabwe. [SMITH - wants to stay in country and will make decision on basis of new government's actions.] Reaction of Zambia-based guerrilla leader Nkomo quoted; lack of reaction from Mugabe noted. Also mentioned is reaction of Zambia leader Ken. Kaunda and his hints that he might, like other ntns.', aid in guerrilla fight; allusion to Cuba and USSR , assumed. Responses to settlement by State Department, British foreign secretary David Owen, USSR , United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and other United Nations members noted.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

Dean, Morton;
Wright, Robin

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