A United Nations mission is preparing a report on Zambia's reparations claim against Rhodesia. Zambia?
GV INT Delegates seated around table during talks inside the Cabinet office in Lusaka
SCU Foreign Minister for Zambian speaking Mr. Wilson Chakulya
UN delegation headed by Mr. P.R. Aasen of Norway seated opposite Zambian delegation (2 shots)
Mr. Chakulya speaks
SV Newsmen taking notes and UN members listening (2 shots)
GV & CU Mr. Aasen speaking for U.N. and members listening (3 shots)
GV Both delegates seated during talks
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Background: A United Nations mission is preparing a report on Zambia's reparations claim against Rhodesia. Zambia is claiming the cost of repairing road and rail bridges up in raids by Rhodesian forces.
SYNOPSIS: The U.N. mission arrived in Lusaka on Tuesday (11 December) for talks with the Zambian government. It heard claims from Zambia's Foreign Minister, Wilson Chakulya, that vital imports were being held up because of the destruction of 12 bridges. Headed by Mr. P.R. Aasen of Norway, the mission was sent by the U.N. Security Council after Zambia demanded full compensation from Rhodesia.
The Rhodesians claims the attacks, carried out last month, were aimed at stopping cross border raids by Patriotic Front guerrillas. But the Zambians say the destruction of their brides has caused food shortages and resulted in increased transport costs an many goods now have to be air-freighted. The Tanzania to Zambia railway is also said to be losing 90-thousand dollars a day. The United Nations mission will report back to the Security Council.