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Rhodesia Still Unscathed

The African nations now meeting in Cairo to follow up on the United Nations resolution of December 16, 1966 demanding selective mandatory sanctions against Rhodesia have a legitimate grouse against those Western powers which have been dragging their feet on implementing the resolution. Few believed the British Government last year when it claimed, with cavalier optimism, that Rhodesia will be brought to heels in a matter of months. Wilson's theatrical gestures like sending a destroyer off the African coast notwithstanding, the months have passed by with no evidence that Rhodesia has "been hurt. In the West the tendency has been to sweep the Rhodesian issue under the carpet. If now the five African powers want to drag it out and give it a good dusting, no one can blame them.

The African nations now meeting in Cairo to follow up on the United Nations resolution of December 16, 1966 demanding selective mandatory sanctions against Rhodesia have a legitimate grouse against those Western powers which have been dragging their feet on implementing the resolution. Few believed the British Government last year when it claimed, with cavalier optimism, that Rhodesia will be brought to heels in a matter of months. Wilson's theatrical gestures like sending a destroyer off the African coast notwithstanding, the months have passed by with no evidence that Rhodesia has "been hurt. In the West the tendency has been to sweep the Rhodesian issue under the carpet. If now the five African powers want to drag it out and give it a good dusting, no one can blame them.

Though sixteen months have passed since voluntary sanctions against Rhodesia were introduced, there is no evidence of Western co-operation in applying the sanctions. Rhodesia's trade for 1965 is no secret. Rhodesian exports in that year were £ 142.5 million and imports £ 119.8 million.

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