1979 – Direct British Rule in Rhodesia
Direct British Rule in Rhodesia
12 December 1979
The Zimbabwe Rhodesia government entered into negotiations with the external nationalists at Lancaster House held under the auspices of the British Government. This resulted in a ceasefire and the arrival of the British Governor, Lord Soames, on 12 December 1979.
With the Lancaster House Agreement, Rhodesia reverted back to being a British Colony under direct control from London. UN sanctions were lifted and legality was restored. The Union Jack was also reinstated, although in practice the Zimbabwe Rhodesian flag continued to fly.