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    Zambia has revealed that it is suing five international oil companies. Zambian Foreign Minister, Siteke?

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    CU Zambian Foreign Minister, Siteke Mwale, speaking. (2 shots)
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    MWALE: 'It is for this reason that right now, as you are quite aware, Zambia has decided to sue five oil companies who were involved in this -- who conspired with Ian Smith over his one. These oil companies knew very well that Ian Smith had but a few thousand gallons of oil. And that if, if he had gone ahead with his plans of declaring unilaterally the independence of Rhodesia, they would gave definitely collapsed. Nut they assured him that it was not possible for the British government at that time to impose sanctions on Rhodesia because the imposition of sanctions - in particular an oil embargo - would have affected Zambia. This was the gimmick, and we feel that the oil companies, I think, need to answer not only to us, to Zambia. We were doing this job on behalf of the international community. They have to really answer to the international community, and we feel that the case that we're taking against them is being carried out on behalf of the international community. After all this is what the struggle in Southern Africa is all about."



    REPORTER: "Mr. Minister, could you name these five oil companies that you mentioned earlier?"



    MWALE: "Yes, the oil companies are B.P., Shell, Mobil, Total and Caltex."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Zambia has revealed that it is suing five international oil companies. Zambian Foreign Minister, Siteke Mwale, told a United Nations press conference on Thursday (June 30th) that the companies ensured the survival of the Smith government by evading sanctions and supplying Rhodesia with oil.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA71SE0SQQQWIUT5FZEI0SHZQ7F
    Media URN:
    VLVA71SE0SQQQWIUT5FZEI0SHZQ7F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
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    N/A

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