Rhodesia's Prime Minister, Ian Smith, has said his government has proof that a camp in Mozambique which was raided by Rhodesian forces, contained guerrillas and not refugees.
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SMITH: "The inmates of this camp, when we attacked it, were all dressed in terrorist uniforms. The same uniforms that the terrorists wear when we kill them and capture them in Rhodesia. This is an odd sort of dress for refugees to be wearing, is it not ladies and gentlemen? Three. Our forces brought back with them a complete register of the inmates of that terrorist camp; giving their age, their triable affiliation, their real name, their Chimurengwa code name. And Chimurengwa is the word used to donate the terrorist war on Rhodesia. That is their code name for the war. An odd sort of thing to have in a refugee camp, is it not ladies and gentlemen? Four. Our forces brought back with them an arms register of the arms in the camp, the numbers and the people to whom they are allocated. Again, an odd sort of thing to have in a terror....in a refugee camp is it not? Five. They brought back with them a large number of written statements by inmates of the camp, giving the reasons why they became terrorists. Not why they became refuges, ladies and gentlemen. Six. They brought back with them records consisting of the betting which took place of all the terrorist recruits who came into that camp, by the so-called intelligence department of the terrorist army. I never knew that refugee camps had intelligence department attacked to them. Seven. They brought back documents with them, documents which laid down the military discipline code and the training system which operated within that camp. Perhaps I should stop or I will be running into the danger of confusing my critics with too many facts, won't I ladies and gentlemen?"
The day after Mr. Smith's statement (28 August), newsmen were shown the documents which the Rhodesian claim were found at the Mozambique camp. Mr. Ted Sutton-Pryce, Deputy Minister in the Premier's Department, presented the papers and said the entire structure of the camp was military. He said the sole purpose of the news conference was to refute 'scurrile is allegations' that Rhodesian soldiers had killed refugees.
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Background: Rhodesia's Prime Minister, Ian Smith, has said his government has proof that a camp in Mozambique which was raided by Rhodesian forces, contained guerrillas and not refugees. Mr. Smith was speaking in Bulawayo on Friday (27 august) at a fete organised by the ruling Rhodesian Front Party. Documents referred to by Mr. Smith were produced to newsmen in the capital, Salisbury, the following day.
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesia has said that in the raid on the eight of August, troops killed some 300 African nationalist guerrillas and about 30 Frelimo soldiers from Mozambique. But both Mozambique and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, claim the camp contained refugees and that between 600 and 700 were killed. But Mr. smith said his government could prove the camps military status.