The United Nations Security Council team studying the Zambian-Rhodesia border closure, visited a frontier post on Wednesday (February 14) only 20 minutes after it was rocked by a land-mine explosion.
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LV Head of UN team (2nd from left) with Zambian ministers walks to another wrecked truck
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Background: The United Nations Security Council team studying the Zambian-Rhodesia border closure, visited a frontier post on Wednesday (February 14) only 20 minutes after it was rocked by a land-mine explosion.
The explosion was only a few feet from a spot where a previous mine explosion site was to be inspected.
The four-man mission with representatives from Australia, Peru and Sudan, headed by Mr. Chaidir Anwar Sani of Indonesia, visited the border post with Zambia's Defence Minister Grey Zulu.
The team is to report back to the U.N. by March I. One of its goals is to assess the need for alternative trade routes for land-locked Zambia. Zambia has kept the border closed since the first week of February when Rhodesia lifted its own border closure imposed on January 9th. Rhodesia took its action after accusing Zambia of harbouring African guerrillas who are active in the border area.
Zambia's major export, copper, has had since to be rerouted through neighbouring countries rather than on Rhodesian railways.
On its visit to the border post on Wednesday, the U.N. team was met by villagers upset by the injury of two women, a young girl and two children from the village by the mine explosion.
After a meeting with Zambian officials, the U.N. team expected to go to neighbouring countries to discuss alternative trade routes.
During its visit to Africa, the team did not expect to visit Rhodesia. Britain, recognised by the U.N. as the administering agency for Rhodesia, has no representative there since the country's unilateral declaration of independence.