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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 a British Governor (Lord Soames) on 12 December 1979. In terms of 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. Under the supervision of the Commonwealth, further elections were held which resulted in victory for (the externally based guerilla nationalist) Robert Mugabe. On 18 April 1980 the new sovereign independent republic of Zimbabwe was born and the current Zimbabwe flag was adopted.
As the Union Jack had become the official the flag of the "colony" in December 1979,
it was thus the Union Jack that was lowered at the Independence
ceremony and not any of the other Rhodesian flags (see my article
in The Flag Bulletin No. XXIV:2/163 - March-April 1995).
Bruce Berry, 20 Nov 1995, 14 Mar 1996