• Short Summary

    THE ZAMBIA-RHODESIAN RAILWAYS CRISIS REACHED A CLIMAX TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCE THAT ZAMBIAN COPPER WAS NO LONGER BEING TAKEN BY RAIL TROUGH RHODESIA FOR EXPORT.

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    THE ZAMBIA-RHODESIAN RAILWAYS CRISIS REACHED A CLIMAX TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCE THAT ZAMBIAN COPPER WAS NO LONGER BEING TAKEN BY RAIL TROUGH RHODESIA FOR EXPORT. MEANWHILE, BRITAIN'S MINISTER OF STATE FOR COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS, MRS. JUDITH HART, IS IN LUSAKA FOR TALKS ABOUT THE CRISIS.

    THE RAILWAYS ARE THE MAIN OUTLET FOR THE BULK OF ZAMBIA'S COPPER EXPORTS. THE LANDLOCKED COUNTRY PRODUCED ABOUT 700,000 TONS A YEAR AND COPPER IS THE KEYSTONE OS ITS ECONOMY.

    THE CRISIS BEGAN WITH RHODESIA'S UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE LAST NOVEMBER. BUT, ZAMBIAN IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CONTINUED TO BE CARRIED BY RHODESIAN RAILWAYS TO AND FROM THE COAST.

    RECENTLY, WITH OPERATING FUNDS ALMOST EXHAUSTED, RHODESIAN DEMANDED THE TRANSFER FROM ZAMBIA TO SALISBURY - THE RHODESIAN CAPITAL - OF ONE MILLION STERLING RAILWAYS BOARD DEMANDED THAT FREIGHT CHARGES ON ZAMBIAN GOODS SENT THROUGH RHODESIA SHOULD BE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. AGAIN ZAMBIA REFUSED.

    TODAY, THE ZAMBIAN COPPER MINING COMPANIES DECIDE NOT TO RAIL THROUGH RHODESIA FOR EXPORT.

    ZAMBIA NOW HAS THREE MAIN ALTERNATIVE OUTLETS - NONE AS USEFUL AS THE RHODESIAN RAILWAY. THERE COULD BE AN AIR LIFT WITH COASTAL CENTRES, OR THE BENGUELA RAILWAY WHICH LINKS THE ZAMBIAN COPPERBELT WITH THE ANGOLA PART OF LOBITO, OR A ROAD LINK WHICH IT IS PROPOSED TO REINFORCE WITH THE TANZANIAN CAPITAL OF DAR ES SALAAM.

    BRITAIN IS ONE OF ZAMBIA'S BIGGEST COPPER CUSTOMERS,ADN ZAMBIAN COPPER IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO THE BRITISH CAR INDUSTRY. MRS. HART ARRIVED LUSAKA FOR TALKS WITH ZAMBIAN OFFICIALS ON THE CRISIS ON TUESDAY (24 MAY) BUT THERE HAS SO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1LLA51QHA5IZ574E0UJM0AR7K
    Media URN:
    VLVA1LLA51QHA5IZ574E0UJM0AR7K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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