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    INTRODUCTION: The Zimbabwe Conference on Reconstruction and Development (ZIMCORD) has ended in Salisbury with promised aid far exceeding the conference targets.

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    SCU Dutch Prime Minister Andries van Agt speaking

    GV Delegates applauding

    SV Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe applauding.

    GV PAN Mr. van Agt walking to his seat while others applaud

    GV ZOOM IN Zimbabwe President Canaan Banana speaking.

    SEQ. 1: VAN AGT: "Mr. President, in view of the overall situation in Southern Africa, the manifestation of solidarity we have been witnessing and taking part in seems to me to be most timely. The Geneva talks on Namibia have failed to produce the intended results. There are incursions by South African troops in Angola and brutal violations of the territorial integrity of Mozambique. What can the government of South Africa or any other country hope to gain from shedding blood and raising anger where reconciliation is the only definite answer to its problem? Will South Africa learn a lesson from the developments in Zimbabwe? While it cannot be predicted definitely, there is certainly so much logic in it that it seems justified to be more than hopeful."

    BANANA: "On behalf of the government and people of Zimbabwe, I would like to offer to you, distinguished delegates and visitors, our most sincere gratitude for having accepted our invitation and for your generous support at this critical stage of our history and nation building. Zimbabwe is an integral and full member of the world community of nations. Today we are grateful for receiving. Tomorrow we hope to be a proud and generous giver."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The Zimbabwe Conference on Reconstruction and Development (ZIMCORD) has ended in Salisbury with promised aid far exceeding the conference targets. The sum of 1.4 billion United States dollars was raised during the five-day meeting which was attended by delegates from 45 countries. The money will be used in a three-year scheme to improve the fertility of reserve areas where 650,000 peasant farmers live, to buy equipment and provide training, and to resettle peasants on neglected white land. The foreign delegates to ZIMCORD included Prime Minister of the Netherlands Andries van Agt who described the massive aid commitment as an "enormous achievement" at a time when the world faced declining economies and budgetary constraints. Speaking at the closing session of the conference on Friday (27 March), he referred to the political significance of Zimbabwe's reconstruction.

    SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Robert Mugabe regards ZIMCORD as a major boost, and the international delegations were thanked for their commitment by President Canaan Banana.

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