The Organisation of African Unity is to send two fact-finding teams to its member states which border South Africa.
CU: Wilson Chakulya, Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister, speaking to reporter in English.
CHAKULYA: "Well, the committee has adjourned today in order to divide into two groups in order to visit southern African countries such as Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. They will study not only the oil sanctions position but also some of the difficulties that these front line countries find in their positions vis-a-vis southern African racist regimes. For example, Lesotho, completely surrounded by South Africa; Swaziland, completely surrounded by South Africa; Botswana completely dependent on South Africa; Zambia, whose main industries were completely dependent on South Africa in terms of machinery, certain kinds of equipment and so on and Mozambique whose historical reliance on South Africa is very well known. So the committee is also studying the problems of these countries with a view to suggesting or recommending the kind of assistance that should be given to them by the summit...the Heads of State of the O.A.U. when they met in Monrovia later this year.
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Background: The Organisation of African Unity is to send two fact-finding teams to its member states which border South Africa. After a one-day meeting in Lusaka this week (29 May), the committee on sanctions against racist regimes in Southern Africa decided that one team of observers would visit Mozambique and Swaziland while another group travel to Botswana and Lesotho. After the meeting, which coincided with a United Nations debate on sanctions against South Africa, the Zambian Foreign Minister, Wilson Chakulya, explained what the Committee hopes to find out.