Premier Tshombe, leader of the Congo Republic's breakaway Katanga Province, ordered general mobilization, Aug. 3, to resist the entry of United Nations troops due Aug. 6.
Premier Tshombe, leader of the Congo Republic's breakaway Katanga Province, ordered general mobilization, Aug. 3, to resist the entry of United Nations troops due Aug. 6. Radio messages throughout the province have called upon all able bodied men to report to their local communal centres for mobilisation.
A statement from Katanga's Interior Minister Mr. Munolgo said, "We have about 1,600,000, African inhabitants, the tribal chiefs are with us and most of the men can bear arms." Now on emergency alert is the Katanga gendarmerie, trained by Belgian officers to replace units of the Force Public. It has about 1,000 men in the Elizabethville area.
There are about 6,000 Belgian paratroops in the province, but their position is not clear. The Belgian Government has consented to the entry of a United Nations force but a Belgium official stated that all Belgian citizens will be protected by the troops.
In a last-minute attempt to reach agreement, Dr. Ralph Bunche, United Nations assistant Secretary-General arrived in Elizabethville Aug. 4, and had talks with Premier Tshombe and Belgian officials. Later he said he would report back to his chief, Secretary-General Hammarskjoeld. Dr. Bunche and the Prime Minister have both made conflicting statements, and with nothing agreed it seems the UNO forces will move in as planned.