United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim flew into the Zambian capital, Lusaka on Monday (21 May) for a 48-hour visit during which he was scheduled to discuss the tense border situation with neighbouring Rhodesia.
SV Waldheim down aircraft steps and meeting Zambia's foreign minister and other officials (3 shots)
GV & CU Waldheim watching native dances (3 shots)
GV & CU Waldheim and Mudenda seated speaking to press (3 shots)
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim flew into the Zambian capital, Lusaka on Monday (21 May) for a 48-hour visit during which he was scheduled to discuss the tense border situation with neighbouring Rhodesia.
On his arrival, Mr. Waldheim was greeted by Zambian Foreign Minister Elijah Mudenda and officials of the Zambian government.
Mr. Waldheim was scheduled to go to a border point the next day at a position where landlocked Zambia shares it border with Rhodesia, Namibia and Botswana. It has been the scene of several recent landmine blasts which the Zambian government has blamed on Rhodesian agents.
The secretary-general's visit came at a delicate time for the Zambian authorities. Tension s ruining particularly high along the border with Rhodesia after two Canadian tourists were killed and an American tourist injured by fire from Zambian sentries near the Victoria Falls. Rhodesia says the tourists were on Rhodesian soil at the time.
At an airport press conference Mr. Waldheim pledged to continue U.N. assistance to Zambia to help solve its serious economic problems, particularly its decision to abandon trade routes to the sea through Rhodesia after that country closed the border temporarily.
A U.N. Security Council mission visiting Zambia in February estimated the possible first year cost of rerouting Zambia's exports through other countries could be 250 million U.S. dollars (100 million sterling approx.).