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Report of the Constitutional Conference held at Lancaster House, London, September - December 1979

Theme: 1980 Elections


Call Number: A3.1.1
Identifier: AL3289_A3.1.1
Title: Report of the Constitutional Conference held at Lancaster House, London, September - December 1979
Date: January 1980
Subject: Agreement;
Commonwealth;
Constitutional Conference;
Independence;
Lancaster House;
Zimbabwe African People's Union - ZAPU;
Zimbabwe African National Union - ZANU
Description: Published in Britain, this 'Report of the Constitutional Conference' was persented to parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by command of Her Majesty in January 1980. The Constitutional Conference was held at Lancaster House, London from September to December 1979. An Agreement (also known as the Lancaster House Agreement), signed on 21 December 1979 brought independence to Rhodesia. The parties represented during the conference were the British Government, the Patriotic Front led by Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People's Union) and ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) and the Zimbabwe Rhodesia government, represented by Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Ian Smith. In the course of its proceedings the Conference reached agreement on the following issues: Summary of the Independence Constitution (attached as Annex C to this report); Arrangements for the pre-independence period (Annex D); A cease-fire agreement signed by the parties (Annex E). This document was digitised by Specialized Archival Solutions in 2012. Included in SAHA virtual exhibition - 'ZAPU through Zenzo Nkobi's lens', 2012. Two newspaper cartoons were found between pp38-39 of the booklet - "Zimbabwe - hands off [Blair-UK]", September 23, 2002; "Please, please do something. No ways", by Musapenda, October 15, 2002.
Creator: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Type: Report
Format: Access copy - pdf
Preservation copy - tiff
Source: SAHA collection AL3289
Language: English
Coverage: Zimbabwe
Rights: Government of the United Kingdom
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