President Kenneth Kaunda has said Zambia will not look south to Rhodesia any more for trade routes.
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There follows a transcript of part of President Kaunda's speech.
KAUNDA: "Zambia will not look south any more for trade routes. (APPLAUSE) Our association with Rhodes will become more historical than ever before. Soon more of Zambia's minerals and other products will be moving north on a railway line laid in record time through our own initiative and by the joint labour of the free Tanzanians, free Zambians and free Chinese. (APPLAUSE) Let there be no illusions about the significance of these events. An outmoded and pernicious historical trend has suffered yet another decisive reverse. The writing is on Ian Smith's Wall. (LONG PAUSE AS PRESIDENT KAUNDA WEEPS) We cannot forget that each man's life is infinitely precious to himself and his loved ones, just as our innocent girl was to herself (PAUSE) and her parents and friends."
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda has said Zambia will not look south to Rhodesia any more for trade routes. Its copper and other exports will be shipped on the partly-completed Tanzam railroad, being built with the help of The People's Republic of China.
It was the first confirmation by Zambia of a statement made in Dar-Es-Salaam last week by a Tanzanian Minister that the railroad would be used.
President Kaunda's statement was made during an emotional address at the opening of a conference of Commonwealth ministers responsible for Youth Affairs.
He broke down and wept as he spoke about the six Zambians killed and 13 injured by landmines since Rhodesia imposed its blockade on the border with Zambia earlier this month. (Rhodesia said it had taken the action because Zambia had supported African guerrillas operating in the border areas.)