Search in
ADD SEARCH FILTER CANCEL SEARCH FILTER

Digital Archive International History Declassified

February 26, 1980

TELEGRAM, PERSONAL FOR SECRETARY, GROUP EVALUATION OF RHODESIAN SITUATION

This document was made possible with support from the Leon Levy Foundation

CITATION SHARE DOWNLOAD
  • Citation

    get citation

    Analysis claiming that Bishop will gain majority of votes in the election. Discuss possibility of coup d'etat by security forces should Mugabe win majority of votes.
    "Telegram, Personal for Secretary, Group Evaluation of Rhodesian Situation ," February 26, 1980, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, South African Archives, Department of Foreign Affairs BTS 1/156/3 SADFA BTS 1 / 156 / 3 VOL. 4. Included in "Southern Africa in the Cold War, Post-1974," edited by Sue Onslow and Anna-Mart Van Wyk. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118669
  • share document

    http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118669

VIEW DOCUMENT IN

ENGLISH (TRANSCRIPTION) HTML

SALISBURY 26 FEBRUARY 1980

PRIORITE SECEXTERN CAPE TOWN

TOP SECRET

NO K 113

PERSONAL FOR SECRETARY.

With reference to last par. K 110 I have to inform you that after group evaluation by heads of safety had been heard it was decided that in the light of—

1. indication that Bishop will indeed draw majority of votes

2. slight difference that any steps by Governor could have at this stage on result and

3. negative international reaction against such steps,

4. no representations are directed to Governor.

After meeting of Lancaster group conversation was carried on only among white members of group. There was inter alia discussion of the possibility of a coup d’état by security forces should Mugabe win election, in order to create status quo before arrival of Governor, but the feeling was that such an action is no longer practical politics.

26-0915-