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Rhodesia #257359

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 14, 1978
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(Studio) Cyrus Vance and David Owen, of Gr. Br., conference with guerrilla leaders in Tanzania with regard to Rhodesian situation reported Heading off active Communist intervention in issue said objective. Guerrillas said favorable to United Nations peacekeeping force in Rhodesia. Little enthusiasm for Br.-American peace conference said evident in Rhodesia.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Salisbury, Rhodesia) Film of Vance and Owen in South Africa shown. Incr. in guerrilla attacks against Rhodesia said reason for mission. Conflict between E. and West in situation thought possible unless peace terms found. Rhodesia troops said fighting off USSR -backed guerrillas of Patriotic Front led by Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe. Contd. Patriotic Front action despite approach of black major rule in Rhodesia noted. Ldrs. of coalition government to be urged by Vance and Owen to meet guerrilla leaders for peace talks. [Rhodesian foreign minister Dr. Elliot GABELLAH - predicts return of guerrillas to Zimbabwe.] Shakiness of internal settlement noted, especially with war closing in on cities. Peace talks thought doubtful.
REPORTER: Robin Wright

Cronkite, Walter;
Wright, Robin

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