The action of Rhodesia in closing its border with Zambia will ultimately rebound on the Ian Smith Government.
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"The aggression against Zambia by Rhodesia like the aggression against the Republic of Guinea in 1970 has increased unity among independent African states. The closure of the border between Rhodesia and Zambia will lead to increased economic cooperation between these states. Many countries outside Africa will also have much better understanding of the problems which we face and the type of people with whom we are dealing.
"There is only one problem which worries us and this is that if soldiers from across the river come in and plant mines on our soil and you get an innocent girl of 14 killed, innocent people killed and the people of Zambia get to know who is responsible for this....we may get a development of bitterness which is a thing our President has been trying to teach us that we shouldn't hets. Out we are dealing with human Beings, with human ???".
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Visnews cameraman Mike Reed, who shot this film, was himself in the news the following day. Mr Reed reported he was set upon and beaten up by three soldiers in Lusaka outside the Central Post Office. He was treated in hospital for injuries to eye and nose.
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Background: The action of Rhodesia in closing its border with Zambia will ultimately rebound on the Ian Smith Government. That was the contention of Zambia Foreign Minister Elijah Mudenda, speaking at a Lusaka Press Club dinner on Thursday (February 22nd).