The Commonwealth Committee for Sanctions against Rhodesia met at Marlborough House in London on Monday (19 Feb.).
The Commonwealth Committee for Sanctions against Rhodesia met at Marlborough House in London on Monday (19 Feb.). It discussed Zambian requests for Commonwealth assistance to develop alternative lifelines to the sea following the brief Rhodesian border closure. (Rhodesia acted after accusing Zambia of harbouring African guerrillas who have been active in the area, but reopened the border after international pressure. Zambia, however, declared that as far as it was concerned the border would remain closed and the Rhodesian trade routes would never be used again.)
The Sanctions Committee set up a sub-committee to coordinate action on Zambia's needs as a result of the border dispute. Members are Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Britain, Canada, India, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, Tanzania and Zambia.
It acted after Zambia's High Commissioner to London, Mr. Amok Phiri, urged the Commonwealth and the international community to his country with an airlift of vital consumer and industrial imports. He also said Zambia needed more trucks and trains to work new trade routes, and economic aid for industries hit by the border closure.
The request is being considered by Commonwealth governments.