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    A United Nations Security Council mission set up study the Zambia-Rhodesia border crisis arrived in Lusaka, the Zambian capital on Sunday (February 11).

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    A United Nations Security Council mission set up study the Zambia-Rhodesia border crisis arrived in Lusaka, the Zambian capital on Sunday (February 11).

    The four-man team was greeted by Zambian officials and a crowd of 1,500 people waving placards with anti-Rhodesian slogans.

    The mission, under Indonesia's chief U.N. representative, Mr. Chaidir Anwar Sadi, includes representatives from Austria, Peru and Sudan.

    Rhodesia sealed its frontier with Zambia on January 9, after accusing Zambia of harbouring African guerrillas who had been active in the border area. The blockade was lifted on the first of February by Rhodesia, but Zambia kept the border closed, declaring its trade routes through Rhodesia to the sea were permanently broken.

    One of the U.N. mission's goals is to assess the need for alternative trade routes for land-locked Zambia, whose major export is copper, formerly moved on Rhodesian railways.

    After talks with Zambian officials, the mission will go to neighbouring kenya for talks with railway officials of the East African community about alternative routes.

    As the study team left their aircraft, they were greeted by Zambian Foreign Minister Elijah Mudends and Trade Minister Axon Soko. The crowd gathered at the airport carried signs saying "Rhodesia A mental asylum for minority regimes" and "Smith (Rhodesian Premier Ian) should be gassed."
    As the study group began talks, ??? ??? and kenya pledged to ??? Zambian exports through their porta at Da??? ??? Salaam and Momba???.

    But the mission did not schedule any meetings in Rhodesia. Britain, regarded by the U.N. as the official administering power of the Rhodesian colony, has no representatives in Rhodesia and could not assist the mission, according to U.N. spokesmen.

    SYNOPSIS: The special United Nations mission set up to study the Zambia-Rhodesia border dispute arrived in Lusaka on Sunday.

    Mr. Chaidir Sadi of Indonesia and his three colleagues, the chief U.N. representatives of Austria, Peru and Sudan, were met by Zambian foreign minister Elijah Mudenda, and trade minister Axon Soko.

    The border was closed on January ninth by Rhodesia, because it said African guerrillas were operating from Zambian soil. Rhodesia lifted the ban last week, but Zambia said the border would remain closed.

    In its talks with Zambian leaders the mission will be looking into alternative means of transport through neighbouring states such as Tanzania and Zaire. Most of Zambia's major ???part, copper, was shipped ??? the border clu???

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