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Title:The Rhodesian Border Blockade of 1973 and the African Liberation Struggle
Author:Mubako, Simbi V.
Periodical:Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics
Geographic terms:Zambia
Politics and Government
Inter-African Relations
Abstract:On 9 January 1973 the Smith regime announced that it had decided to close its border with Zambia, that no goods to or from Zambia would be allowed to pass through Rhodesia, and that drastic action was taken as a reprisal to force Zambia to stop supporting freedom fighters. When the blockade was imposed it originally barred all trade to and from Zambia; then, after second thoughts, the transport of copper through Rhodesia was permitted as an exception. And finally after twenty-six days Mr Smith lifted the blockade altogether, alleging that he had received certain assurances from the Zambian government through Mr Wood, a British minister, that Zambia would stop supporting freedom fighters. The Zambian government refused to accept Smith's revocation of his political error. The whole move was clearly a gigantic miscalculation by Smith of the extent of Zambia's economic and political difficulties. In a detailed chronological account the author exposes the political and economic background of the Rhodesian-Zambian conflict. Notes.