At the United Nations on Tuesday (16 March) Mozambique asked for 49 million U.S. dollars?
GV UN Assembly Hall (sound starts at 4 feet)
CU Mozambique representative
Sof Starts: "Portuguese colonialism....."
Sof Over cutaway GVS of Assembly hall.
SOF ENDS"..... our present situation" (5 shots)
"Portuguese colonialism, the weakest alive of these racist regimes, created economic infrastructures merely to serve the interest of South Africa's and Rhodesia's colonial and fascist (indistinct) class, thereby installing in Mozambique such economic dependence I have already mentioned. It is in the context of the economic situation in Mozambique that the illegal regime in Salisbury has tried to prevent the emergency of yet another African independent state near its border. To that end the illegal regime has committed various acts of aggression in our country since 1965. Rhodesia, knew from the nature of the struggle of Mozambique that our country was going to constitute a strong state that would immeasurably contribute to the liberation of the rest of Africa from colonial and racist domination. After the defeat of Portuguese colonialism. Smith, blinded by his fascist ignorance, tried to intimidate the people of Mozambique by launching a series of provocations that culminated in an open and heavy attack on our national territory on the 23rd and 24th February in the villages of Pafuri and Movoi (phonetic spelling). Mr President, I have now laid our case before this august body. We have indicated our willingness to do our part in the struggle for the liberation of Zimbabwe. We regard that struggle as part and parcel of our own struggle. We will therefore not shrink from that responsibility, whatever the price for ourselves. Yet we have come to you to appeal for assistance. We believe just as we were assisted by the international community in our struggle for the freedom of Mozambique we shall receive similar support in our present situation".
INTERIOR UN ASSEMBLY HALL: CHISSANO SPEAKING.
The film is serviced with a speech by Mr Chissano. A transcript follows:
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Background: At the United Nations on Tuesday (16 March) Mozambique asked for 49 million U.S. dollars (GBP24.5 million sterling) a year in international aid to compensate for losses it said it would suffer as a result of its full economic sanctions against Rhodesia.
The country's Foreign Minister, Mr Joaquim Chissano, said Rhodesia had tried to intimidate the Mozambique people by launching a series of invasions, culminating in an attack on border villages on the night of 23 February.
Mozambique's President Samora Machel announced on 3 March that his Government would apply full sanctions against Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: At the United Nations on Monday Mozambique's Foreign Minister, Joaquim Chissano appealed for foreign aid to compensate for sanctions against Rhodesia.