• Short Summary

    Residents of Mozambique in Rhodesia when President Machel closed the border between the two countries are not being allowed to return to their country.

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    Residents of Mozambique in Rhodesia when President Machel closed the border between the two countries are not being allowed to return to their country.

    Border guards are turning back all traffic travelling from Rhodesia to Mozambique, including several carloads of Mozambiquans.

    President Machel closed the border with Rhodesia on Wednesday (3 March) and put his country's ailing economy on a war footing in retaliation for the Rhodesian air and military bombardment of a Mozambiquan village on 23 and 24 February.

    Rhodesia claimed the raid was done during a "hot pursuit operation" by Rhodesian security forces pursuing black nationalist guerrillas.

    The border closure is expected to have a serious effect on the economy of both Rhodesia and Mozambique.

    Rhodesia until recently freighted 80 per cent of its imports and exports through Mozambiques ports of Maputo and Beira.

    Mozambique had been importing from Rhodesia large quantities of maize to help relieve the chronic food shortage and famine which had swept Mozambique in the wake of a crop failure.

    Rhodesia is trying to put effect a long-standing contingency plan to divert traffic from the closed Mozambique lines to alternative routes.

    Despite the apparent calm the Rhodesian government is maintaining over the closure, there is deep concern in the Transport Ministry in Salisbury over the assets and property seized by Mozambique's Frelimo administration.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA82E0EDC8SK5QF4PTEY5IABW9F
    Media URN:
    VLVA82E0EDC8SK5QF4PTEY5IABW9F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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