The Rumanian Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Aurel Ardeleanu, presented the Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr.?
The Rumanian Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Aurel Ardeleanu, presented the Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Vernon Mwaanga, with 21 vehicles and other goods worth K265,000 (GBP 14,245 sterling) on Monday (22 July). The vehicles included 20 five-ton lorries and a mobile recovery workshop.
The Rumanian gifts, said the Ambassador, were part of his country's contribution to help Zambia off-set the effects of the closing of the Rhodesian border since January 1973. The other goods in the aid package were 100 tons of tinned meat and vegetables, and 500 tons of wheat.
Mr. Mwaanga received the aid on behalf of his Government at an informal ceremony at the Government Stores depot in Lusaka. In a speech thanking the Ambassador, Mr. Mwaanga said that Zambia would not reopen the Rhodesian border until majority rule had been established there.
He said that the liberation struggle in Rhodesia was of direct concern to the Zambian Government, which had vowed "to spare no resources in its efforts to win freedom for the masses in Rhodesia". Although international help for Zambia's plight had not been forthcoming, everything possible was being done to use the limited resources available.
Mr. Mwaanga said that consequently, the gifts from Rumania were a "great encouragement to us and moral inspiration to the just struggle for freedom in the colonised countries". He said that except for the vehicles, the other goods would be sold off and the money used to offset increased transport costs since the border closure.
Mr. Ardeleanu told the Minister that Rumania appreciated Zambia's problems and wished to help in every way possible to consolidate the bi-lateral relations and to give economic assistance. It is the second time that Rumania has offered help since the border was closed.