Zambia and Zaire signed an agreement in Lusaka on Wednesday (11 January) solving a major dispute between the two countries.
GV EXTERIOR Zaire and Zambia delegates outside State House in Lusaka (2 shots)
MV INTERIOR President Kenneth Kaunda handing out plates to delegates at lunch.
MV Delegates helping themselves to food and sitting down to lunch. (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Lusaka airport.
MV INTERIOR Zambian Foreign Minister Dr. Siteke Mwale reads joint communique while Zairean Foreign Affairs Commissioner Umba di Lutete listens.
MV Mr. di Lutete and delegates listening.
MV Mr. di Lutete and Dr. Mwale signing the communique.
MVs Delegates watching as Mr. di Lutete and Dr. Mwale shake hands. (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: MWALE: "The two delegations discussed the terms of existing agreements between the two countries which provide transit facilities on the Mukambu pedicle road for Zambia. The Zambian delegation drew the attention of the Zairean delegation to the unfortunate incidents involving the travelling public on the pedicle road and requested the Zairean delegation to take remedial measures to bring the situation to normality. The Zairean delegation regretted the incidents and agreed to study the points raised during the discussions and promised to take remedial measures within three weeks' time which will reflect the cordial and friendly relationships now existing between the two countries."
Discussions on re-opening the 2,000-kilometre railway line have been prevented by political differences between pro-Western Zaire and Marxist Angola. More problems have been caused for Zambia on the Chinese-built Tazara line, which has been the country's main import-export route since the Benguela and was shut down. A Zambian delegation flew to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania for talks on easing backlogs of Zambian goods at both ends of the Tazara line.
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Background: Zambia and Zaire signed an agreement in Lusaka on Wednesday (11 January) solving a major dispute between the two countries. The dispute involved alleged harassment by Zairean troops of Zambians travelling through Zaire's southern Shaba province.
SYNOPSIS: The agreement followed two days of talks at the State House in the Zambian capital. President Kenneth Kaunda played host to the delegates discussing the problem, which has strained relations between the two countries for some time.
Zambians have experienced problems along a stretch of the so-called pedicle road running through Zaire. At Lusaka airport agreement was announced by Foreign Affairs Minister.