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    King Baudouin reviewed the first Belgian troops to return from the Congo at Brussels Airport, Aug.3.

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    King Baudouin reviewed the first Belgian troops to return from the Congo at Brussels Airport, Aug.3.

    Three hundred men were brought in by four planes, early in the morning; a crowd was already assembled to greet them. At 10 a.m. Baudouin, accompanied by M. Gilson, Minister of Defence, and senior officers, reviewed the soldiers - paratroop commandos - and talked to some of those who had been wounded in the Congo; they included veterans of the fight at Leopoldville Airport. Trucks then took the soldiers to the centre of Brussels where a heroes' welcome awaited them - bands, six-deep crowds bursting the police cordon and shouting "Well done, lads." ("Bravo, les gars!"), and women carrying bouquets of flowers.

    Twelve hundred more soldiers are expected to arrive in Brussels shortly. A Belgian Government spokesman said Aug 3 all Belgian troops in the Congolese provinces of Leopoldville, Equator and Oriental had been withdrawn. An estimated 8,000 Belgian troops were still in the Congo.

    Meanwhile in the Congolese South-eastern province of Katanga - declared independent by Mr. Tschombe - tension mounted following the U.N. announcement to send U.N. troops there Aug 6. Though the Katanga Army - it includes mutinous Force Publique soldiers - is of questionable loyalty, correspondents report, Mr. Tschombe said the arrival of U.N. troops would be the signal for an uprising against them. U.N. representative in the Congo Ralph Bunche has fixed a meeting with Mr. Tschombe in Elizabethville, capital of Katanga, Aug 4 to seek a peaceful settlement.

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