• Short Summary

    A United Nations mission reported on Thursday (6 May) that Mozambique will need about 400 million dollars in aid over the next two years to compensate for sanctions against neighbouring Rhodesia.

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    A United Nations mission reported on Thursday (6 May) that Mozambique will need about 400 million dollars in aid over the next two years to compensate for sanctions against neighbouring Rhodesia.

    The mission - headed by UN Assistant Secretary-General, Abdulrahim Abby Farah - recently visited Mozambique to help assess its economic needs after the decision to implement sanctions against the Rhodesian white minority government.

    At the time of independence from Portugal in June 1975, Mozambique's economy depended heavily upon transit traffic to Rhodesia and South Africa. The report stated that with the closing of its border with Rhodesia, there will be a balance of payments deficit. Over the next two years this will be between 175 million and 200 million US dollars (between GBP 97 million and GBP 111 million sterling) annually.

    The UN report states that while the Mozambique government hopes to encourage a high level of development to help offset the effects of applying sanctions, it will take some time before these efforts bear fruit.

    Some countries have expressed the desire to channel aid to Mozambique through a United Nations programme and the mission suggested that UN Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, should set up a special fund for that purpose.

    UN trade sanctions were first imposed against Rhodesia in December 1965, shortly after the Ian Smith government unilaterally declared independence from Britain. However, the restrictions were not enforced by Mozambique while it remained a Portuguese colony.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8HV7D5RRVYVGR0N58OD7XD0K4
    Media URN:
    VLVA8HV7D5RRVYVGR0N58OD7XD0K4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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