• Short Summary

    Uganda's border with Rwanda was reopened on Wednesday (4 August), after being closed nearly a month ago by President Idi Amin on security grounds.

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    Uganda's border with Rwanda was reopened on Wednesday (4 August), after being closed nearly a month ago by President Idi Amin on security grounds. The border's reopening was announced after a meeting between President Amin and Rwanda's ambassador in Kampala, Alphonse-Marie Kagenza.

    The Uganda government has attached three central conditions to the border reopening. Of the first order was the condition that Rwanda should stop "anti-Uganda guerrillas" operating in the country. The statement issued prior to the reopening of the border contained no reference to Uganda's border with Tanzania, which was closed at the same time as the Rwanda border.

    Closure of the Rwanda border threatened to have serious effects on the Rwanda economy, as most of the country's foreign trade is normally routed through Uganda and the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

    SYNOPSIS: Uganda's border with Rwanda, closed for nearly a month, was reopened on Wednesday. By Friday many vehicles were waiting at various checkpoints, such as this one at Mirama Hills Customs Post, to deliver goods to Rwanda. The border had been closed by President Idi Amin on security grounds.

    The closure of the Rwanda border threatened to have serious effects on the Rwanda economy, for some eight-five per cent of the country's foreign trade is normally routed through Uganda and the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Before the border reopening, plane were under way to begin a massive airlift to bring petrol and other vital imports, and to take cut Rwanda's coffee crop, the main foreign exchange earner.

    The reopening was announced in a statement following a meeting between President Amin and Rwanda's ambassador to Kampala, Alphonse-Marie Kagenza. The statement attached three conditions to the reopening. Central among these were that the government of Rwanda should stop "anti-Uganda guerrillas operating within its territory, and that it should prevent Tanzania undertaking military activities within Rwanda, allegedly directed against Uganda. The statement contained no reference to Uganda's border with Tanzania, which was closed at the same time as the Rwanda border.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4E7M8LUMJFSJNRTTWEEK7W52W
    Media URN:
    VLVA4E7M8LUMJFSJNRTTWEEK7W52W
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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