oa Africa Insight - Zimbabwe Rhodesia: what now?

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



An internationally acceptable settlement to the Zimbabwe Rhodesian dispute remains an illusive prize. Prior to UDI in 1965, Britain stipulated five principles on which she would grant independence to Rhodesia. These were: � the principle and intention of unimpeded progress to majority rule, already enshrined in the 1961 Constitution, would have to be maintained and guaranteed; � there would also have to be guarantees against retrogressive amendments to the Constitution; � there would have to be an immediate improvement in the political status of the African population; � there would have to be progress towards ending racial discrimination; and � the British government would need to be satisfied that any basis proposed for independence was acceptable to the people of Rhodesia as a whole.

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