• Short Summary

    At an interview in Brussels August 5, Miss Elyane Vermeirsch - 24-year-old friend of Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba - was asked (SOF) what her professional contact had been with Mr.

  • Description

    At an interview in Brussels August 5, Miss Elyane Vermeirsch - 24-year-old friend of Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba - was asked (SOF) what her professional contact had been with Mr. Lumumba during his visit to New York with a 17-man Congo delegation.

    Miss Vermeirsch denied that there had been any "real" professional contact but stated that she had done general secretarial work and had given assistance wherever possible.

    After returning from New York to London with Mr. Lumumba August 3, Miss Vermeirsch climbed into a Russian aircraft at London Airport for the last stage of the journey back to Leopoldville. Ten minutes later she left the plane with her luggage. One official explained that she left because she had not the Congolese Premier's permission to fly with his party.

    Denying this, Miss Vermeirsch said: "No one ordered me off. I just changed my mind at the last minute - I decided to go to my home to Brussels.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA11Q7AX2MH7XPFVHK1JV1NQ5DV
    Media URN:
    VLVA11Q7AX2MH7XPFVHK1JV1NQ5DV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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