Following the lead of four European nations, the United States formally broke off consular ties with Rhodesia on Tuesday (March 17), when the American Consulate-General closed down in the capital, Salisbury.
GV EXT U.S. CONSULATE BUILDING
SV TILT DOWN BUILDING
CV MAN REMOVING U.S. CONSULATE PLAQUE (3 SHOTS)
CV CLOSED SIGN ON CONSULATE DOOR
GV EXT POST OFFICE
SV PEOPLE LEAVING POST OFFICE ZOOM TO "POST OFFICE" SIGN
SV GIRL BUYING STAMPS
CV NEW STAMPS FEATURING NEW FLAG
CU 25 CENT, 2 1/2 CENT AND 5 CENT AND 1 DOLLAR STAMPS (4 SHOTS)
CV GIRL PUTTING STAMPS ON ENVELOPE
CV ENVELOPE ADDRESSED TO ENGLAND
Initials AH/VS/AS/BJ AH/VS/AS/MH
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Background: Following the lead of four European nations, the United States formally broke off consular ties with Rhodesia on Tuesday (March 17), when the American Consulate-General closed down in the capital, Salisbury.
After Rhodesia assumed republican status earlier this month, four countries -- West Germany, Denmark, Norway and Belgium -- closed their missions. Another four have announced a similar intention. The U.S. mission had been downgraded in importance after Rhodesia seized independence from Britain in 1965.
Britain took a further step towards the isolation of Rhodesia on Monday, when Postal and Telecommunications Minister John Stonehouse announced that the recent issue of definitive decimal stamps in Rhodesia would not be considered valid in the U.K.
Mr. Stonehouse told Members of Parliament that the stamps -- some featuring the Rhodesian flag -- will be subject to a surcharge when affixed to mail arriving in Britain. He added that he was advising the Universal Postal Union of the invalidity of the stamp issue.
The surcharge to be operated in Britain will be double the original cost of the Rhodesian stamps.