16 November 1979 British-brokered all-party talks at Lancaster House in London lead to a peace agreement and new constitution

Lord Carrington has brought Zimbabwe a very long way since the Lancaster House conference opened on September 10. The constitution took six weeks, and that was the easy part. Yesterday, after airing its suspicions daily for almost three weeks and bringing the talks, apparently, to the brink of breakdown, the Patriotic Front of Mr Nkomo and Mr Mugabe accepted Lord Carrington’s transitional plans in their entirety.

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