South African Foreign Minister Hilgard Muller said, at the United Nations of Friday (8 October), that unauthorised border crossings had occurred by both Zambia and South Africa, but that the crossings are unintentional, caused by the twisting river boundary.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MULLER: "Instances of unauthorised border crossing and trespassing in air space have indeed occurred in the area of the Zambian-eastern Kapridi border. But both sides have been responsible. Not only South Africa. these crossings are unintentional, caused by the twisting river boundary between Zambia and the Kapridi strip and the fact the border is not always in midstream. In the case of aircraft they occur because the 'planes owing to wind direction have to change the course of normal take off and landing procedure. Indeed, this happens frequently in the case of Zambian aircraft taking off from Shesheki int the direction of Kapridi. I may mention that in notes to the South Africa government of the 23rd October 1969, the fifth of May 1970 Zambia complained of eight violations of air space by South Africa. On the other hand, Zambia between November 1969 and July 1971 violated South West Africa air space on no fewer than 12 occasions. On the 19th November 1969, the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 13 16, 22nd and the 31st of December 1969, the 11th January 1970, the 5th February 1979, 11th September 1970 and the 27th July 1971."
THE SOUND ON FILM IS A PORTION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN FOREIGN MINISTER'S STATEMENT. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS. A PORTION OF THE SPEECH BY THE ZAMBIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N., VERNON J. MWAANGA, IS COVERED IN VISNEWS PRODUCTION NO. 11896/71.
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Background: South African Foreign Minister Hilgard Muller said, at the United Nations of Friday (8 October), that unauthorised border crossings had occurred by both Zambia and South Africa, but that the crossings are unintentional, caused by the twisting river boundary. He categorically rejected the Zambian allegations about Tuesday's incident when, Zambia claims, South African troops intentionally crossed into Zambia, while searching for guerrillas after a landmine killed a South African officer.
The U.N. Security Council adjourned Friday night, after hearing 11 speakers in the debate on the Zambia charges. Forty-six countries--39 of them African states--supported the Zambian protest in a letter to Council President Guillermo Sevilla-Sacasa of Nicaragua. The Security Council may vote on Monday (11 October) on a resolution which would condemn South African for "violations of the sovereignty, airspace and territorial integrity of Zambia."