Members of the United Nations Security Council have been discussing sending a team of experts to Zambia to assess the need of international aid.
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"1. The Council should condemn the wanton aggression including economic blackmail and military threats of the illegal regime of Ian Smith against the Republic of Zambia.
2. The Council should condemn the fascist government of South Africa for the presence of South African forces in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia.
3. The Council should demand the immediate withdrawal of South African forces from Southern Rhodesia since this military presence is one of the major obstacles to the efforts designed to end the rebellion."
"When the rebellion in Zimbabwe has been crushed, (unclear) this will require that the racist regime of Ian Smith be eased out and replaced with a government based on majority rule. In our judgment, therefor, any other solution can only be temporary since Zambia and the rest of Africa can never accept the Smith regime, by reason of Africa suffering colonialism and apartheid, which are the very negation of freedom and justice."
"In the first place I wish to make it clear that my delegation deplores the closure by the Rhodesian regime of the border with Zambia. Perhaps I may quote what the British Foreign an Commonwealth Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home said in the House of Commons about it today. He said, and I quote: "This is a most regrettable development. I believe it can only make more difficult the search for an acceptable settlement of the Rhodesian problem and increase the level of tension in the area," unquote. Some of the immediate consequences have been tragic. I should like to express the sympathy of my delegation to the distinguished representative of Zambia on the tragic loss of life in his country as a result of the explosion of landmines of which he has informed us today."
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Here follows a transcript of the sound on film statement by Mr. Lusaka.
Here follows a transcript of the sound on film statement by Mr. Cleland.
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Background: Members of the United Nations Security Council have been discussing sending a team of experts to Zambia to assess the need of international aid. Difficulties have arisen because of the economic blockade imposed by Rhodesia which closed the border with Zambia on January 9.
On Monday (January 29), in the Security Council, Rhodesia's actions were condemned by several delegations, including the representatives of Zambia, Ghana and the United Kingdom.
Zambia had requested the Security Council meeting and the country's ambassador, Paul Lusaka, outlined a twelve point programme for dealing with what he described as an "extremely dangerous situation".
Ghana's representative, Mr. Joseph Cleland, deplored Rhodesia's action and read out a "telegram of solidarity" sent to Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda.
British Representative, Sir Colin Crowe, condemned Rhodesia's action and expressed sympathy to Zambia on the loss of life in landmine explosions.